Tuesday, November 04, 2014

A Life at Stake (1954).

In A Life at Stake, an architect (Keith Andes), attracted to wealthy— and married—Doris Hillman (Angela Lansbury), finds that a large life insurance policy has ramifications for himself and others.


Mike Doran said...

I got to see this one on a dollar-store DVD a while back.
What caught my eye was the name of the producer/co-writer: Hank McCune.

You have to be at least my age to remember Hank McCune's early-'50s sitcom, semi-famed as the first such show to use a laugh track.
McCune was tall and skinny, with enormous jug ears that were the focus of the ad caricatures.
The comedy was slapstick and sight gags, and McCune had the backing of a pretty good supporting cast, including Larry Keating, Hanley Stafford, Florence Bates, and Arthur Q. Bryan (the original voice of Elmer Fudd), among others.

I've only caught bits and pieces of the McCune show in recent years; I remember just enough of it to be somewhat thrown off trying to connect the skinny slapstick comic with this Double Indemnity knock-off.
I noted that the copyright is 1954; that was about the time that the McCune show ceased production (probably just coincidence ...).

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Interesting sidelight!