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The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)


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Release Date: Mar 4, 1947 Limited



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Humphrey Bogart plays a psychotic killer who disposes of his wives through slow ingestion of poison in The Two Mrs. Carrolls, made in 1945 but shelved for two years because of its similarity to Gaslight. Bogart is Geoffrey Carroll, an artist who paints a portrait of his wife as "The Angel of Death" and then meets Sally Morton (Barbara Stanwyck), with whom he quickly falls in love. In order to get rid of his wife and take up with Sally, Geoffrey slowly poisons his spouse by lacing her nightly


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Martin Vale. Thomas Job

May 20, 1992

Warner Bros. Pictures

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It seems to run quite long for as simple of a story it is. Most of the plot is revealed in dialogue, and the suspense isn't as strong as it could be.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Bogart's final seconds onscreen are played for comedy; it's as if the movie itself is winking at us, to apologize for its Gothic-suspense absurdity, but also to get us to admit we enjoyed our time together.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

... a handsomely mounted and nicely acted piece, especially when the two Hollywood greats share the screen.

March 26, 2011 Full Review Source:

Inert and overwrought crime/melodrama that never gets over being stagy despite the teaming of Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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this flick overthrows the usual typecasting for humprey bogart and babara stanwyck, the former constantly as detective hero or gangster villain; the later freuently as self-assured heroine or shrewd femme fatale. now both of them are handled in the niches which could be iconclastic to their usual screen images. this pecuilar set-up might be odd but somehow weirdly divertive.

the plotline goes like bogart(mr. carreols) as an artist who is having illict affair with stanwyck who is unaware that he's a married man. then she flees away after an unexpected discovery that forces borgie to poison his wife with a glass of milk mingled with arsenic. after years of happy bond with stanwyck, he gets wearily drained becuz he absorbs all the musings she could possibly inspire on him. then he tries to murder his present wife again after he seeks love in his beau monde art sponsor, also with a glass of milk blended with lethal arsenic.

the idea to cast borgie as the blue-beard compulsive serial killer is sorta uncanny, but the script dubs some notions to make sense on his lunatic motives. this painter is a parasite leech which sucks up the amorous essence out of its female hosts to accomplish his great art pieces. when he's in love with a woman, he nullifies everything for her. when love fades, he poisons her to death then commemorate her demise with an eerie skeleton portrait of her. at last when he gets caught, borgie leaves a phenomenal line "do you want a glass of milk?"

rarely seen stanwyck as helpless victim, but it's amazing that she could also play gently meek character convincingly even it's more hellish fun to see her being predatory vixen.

generally this flick might not be innovative enough to be considered a murderer classic but still fun to toy with the concepts of tranquil drama full of stealthy twists that requires an viewer with patience to appreciate slow-paced story.
December 25, 2007
Veronique Kwak

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pretty ridiculous. hardly the best for anybody involved but worth watching once
April 17, 2007
jay nixon

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Nothing special at all. I kind of had to force myself to get through it.
January 17, 2007

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Intriguing pairing of Bogart and Stanwyck. Some good thrills.
July 18, 2008

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