An Act of Murder (1948)

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A hard-line judge is tempted toward mercy-killing by his wife's terminal cancer.

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  • Geraldine Brooks and Edmond O'Brien in An Act of Murder (1948)
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  • Geraldine Brooks, Fredric March, and Edmond O'Brien in An Act of Murder (1948)
  • Geraldine Brooks, Fredric March, and Edmond O'Brien in An Act of Murder (1948)
  • Geraldine Brooks, Fredric March, and Edmond O'Brien in An Act of Murder (1948)
  • Geraldine Brooks, Florence Eldridge, Fredric March, and Edmond O'Brien in An Act of Murder (1948)

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8 September 1999 | Hup234!
9
| Not for hypochondriacs!
This film's relentless plotline marches straight-ahead forward as you squirm, fascinated, in your chair. The story is the familiar one about the onset of terminal illness within a solid American family of the 1940s. Never mind that it delves into MGM-style sermonizing; the great real-life husband/wife team of Fredric March and Florence Eldridge portray the couple whose once-comfortable lives are now being separated by an unstoppable and fast-advancing disease. The helpless husband, the uncomplaining wife, and their final attempt to recapture happier days with a doomed weekend outing is the stuff of deep film drama indeed. The sense of onrushing darkness is tangible through the film-noir camera shadings of Hal Mohr (Captain Blood, Phantom of the Opera [1943], The Climax), and Daniele Amfitheatrof's rich musical score. "An Act of Murder" makes a profound statement on the value, and the fragility, of life.

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