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The Pretender

1947 1h 9m Crime Drama List
Reviews 50% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Corrupt stockbroker Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker) embezzles from his wealthiest client, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), before deciding to propose marriage. Already engaged, Claire refuses and doesn't identify her fiancé, provoking Holden to turn to a gangster to find the man and murder him. While the assassin waits for a newspaper announcement with a picture to identify the fiancé, Claire suddenly agrees to marry Holden -- who then panics when their engagement picture is printed. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The film noir is absorbing despite stilted dialogue and flat direction. Rated: B+ Oct 11, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Bill B I really liked this goofy and low budget film noir. Several scenes are just laughable, like closeups of Dekker staring into the camera while thinking out loud would have thrilled Ed Wood Jr. But still it's oddly engaging, short and quick paced. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review Alex M F Absorbing, tense film noir about a fortune-hunter who hires a killer to take out his rival, then changes his mind when he finds out the intended victim is himself! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/19/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Corrupt stockbroker Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker) embezzles from his wealthiest client, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), before deciding to propose marriage. Already engaged, Claire refuses and doesn't identify her fiancé, provoking Holden to turn to a gangster to find the man and murder him. While the assassin waits for a newspaper announcement with a picture to identify the fiancé, Claire suddenly agrees to marry Holden -- who then panics when their engagement picture is printed.
Director
W. Lee Wilder
Producer
W. Lee Wilder
Screenwriter
Don Martin
Production Co
W. Lee Wilder Productions
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 9m