Another Man's Poison (1951) - Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Hohum Score

90

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In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 5 out of 31 found boring (16.12%)

One-line Reviews (22)

Mystery novelist Bette Davis has taken a house on the Yorkshire Moors, an inhospitable mausoleum that puzzlingly draws a number of unexpected visitors.

Davis is in good form, and this is an entertaining film.

The double-crosses come thick and fast in this one, so the viewer must pay attention to the (sometimes quite good) dialog, or confusion may strike.

While certainly a fascinating melodrama (and Davis is always fascinating even in the most outlandish of stories), this suffers from too many implausibilities and even some tediously slow moving dialog scenes to be totally successful.

Interesting plot idea nets entertaining result .

worth watching .

While I found most of the supporting cast to be quite bland and annoying (the neighbor), the movie does a great job highlighting Bette's talents and is quite enjoyable to watch.

Yes, it is entertaining.

A plodding potboiler cheaply made .

Though the setting is somewhat static because it was originally a play, the film is very intriguing, and Davis always worth seeing.

Not one of Bette Davis' better films but her interaction with Garry Merrill, her husband at the time, is really worth watching as the two try to one-up each other in trying to pull off the perfect crime at the others expense with both ending up on the losing side.

Decent, but slow movie with murky ending .

Gary Merrill is surprisingly dull as a man with bad intentions and Anthony Steel is wasted in a supporting role.

The plot twist is a good one but it takes so long getting there that you might be yawning before the finish.

The other couple in the film, Larry and Chris (Anthony Steel and Barbara Murray) are bland to say the least.

Another Man's Poison started out as a stage play, with the result that it's talky and contrived.

While all this is going on both Larry and Chris drop in at the Frobisher Estate for a stay over the weekend which makes things even more confusing with Larry finding out that his secret love, Janet, is now back with her husband!

Maybe because I watched it "on a dark and stormy night," I found the film to have quite a few endearing qualities, including a sufficiently gloomy and Gothic setting, solid acting, a big dash of melodrama (sometimes unintentionally funny), some brilliant catch phrases, a couple of handsome equines, some much-needed tawdriness, intriguing real world background, an astute and meddling detective type, and of course Bette as the menacing, manipulative author of thrillers (undoubtedly as sordid as her behavior).

Anthony Steel and Barbara Murray's characters are nowhere nearly as interesting as Davis, Merrill and Williams', and as a result come off as rather bland.

Bette Davis puts on quite a display of Davis mannerisms but nothing can disguise the fact that this is a talky, slow-moving melodrama with a less than convincing script.

The plot takes elements from various scenarios that we've all seen, and the result is not extremely coherent, yet very entertaining.

Bette Davis, as usual, is compelling in this 1951 film.