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Saw long parts of it on TV, in 2000 teens
It's all Loretta Young is this fast-moving thriller.
A bit of a ridiculous over-the-top melodrama that has Patricia Neal as a housewife whose husband dies of a heart condition, but not before he writes a letter to the D;A; implicating her trying to escalate his death! She mails it for him before he dies, not knowing the contents. But soon he dies, and she now knows what's in the letter, she tries like the dickens to try to get the letter back! A bit soap operish, and hard to believe, What, you believe everything you read?
Cause for Alarm is an amazing film. It is about Mr. Jones who is a invalid husband that wrongly thinks his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him and outlines that suspicion in letter. Loretta Young and Barry Sullivan give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Tay Garnett did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the mystery and drama. Cause for Alarm is a must see.
feels move like a Tv show than a feature film
Cause for Alarm should be better titled "Trapped". While suspenseful in the last half of the film, in the first half we have to endure a horrible marriage between bed ridden Barry Sullivan and his love struck wife Loretta Young.
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Suspense filled drama about jealousy, old flames (ex-lovers) and an awful lot of bad luck for the lead actress Young. Barry Sullivan lies in bed the entire film, a paranoid heart attack victim, verbally abusing the living hell out of his wife, Loretta Young. This film traces the WWII era romances of Loretta Young with two men to present day suburbia.
About the title:
Cause for Alarm seems a such weak title to describe a tale of intense jealousy, suspicion, and unwarrented paranoia.
A couple of things this film will do to you. It will cause you to possibly laugh at the lengths Young tries to conceal the fate of her insufferable husband Sullivan. The tension escalates as a very tolerant, faithful and loving wife Young feels trapped by a letter sent by her husband Sullivan, to the District Attorney. Sullivan feels he is being killed off by Young and her former WWII flame, a doctor that resides rather co-incidentally in their town.
The child actor Hoppy proves unbearable after a while as he is injected into the tale as a welcome relief to the child adoring Young, but later he becomes annoying and a problem for her. He becomes a unwelcome pest for us as well and makes a final appearance at the very end as "The End" appears across the screen. Interesting to see him roll his tricycle into the ending credits.
Loretta Young gives a great performance of a normal, caring housewife that becomes a paranoid wreck by film's end. Barry Sullivan, her bed trapped husband exaggerates his illness to hide his paranoia about the whereabouts and suspected ill intents of his wife. He reveals his sick, selfish personality by retelling of a gift from his admired
aunt, only to break it rather than give it over to a friend. He vows to do the same to his wife.
REVIEWS from those like us:
Cause for Alarm is an amazing film. It is about Mr. Jones who is a invalid husband that wrongly thinks his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him ... More
If one can tolerate the time in which it was made when their were no cell...
NOTES about the film:
1 Young's performance in the film was praised by both Time Magazine and the New York Times when it was released in 1951.
2 The film's producer Tom Lewis considered Judy Garland for the lead role before giving it to his wife Loretta Young.
3 Irving Bacon (a character actor who appeared in over 400 films during his career) was already widely known as the weary postman in the popular Blondie series of 28 films a decade earlier when he was cast as the postman chased by Ellen. Bacon played the nutty chauffer in Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
4 Music composer Andre Previn became the era's premier soundtrack director of the time.
5 Director Garnett also known for: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) · Wild Harvest (1947) · A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
6 The lingering suspicion that perhaps the husband was absolutely correct and not paranoid would be a great twist, but we have no real evidence to support that theory. By all evidence however the doctor (an old flame of Young's) and Young herself are as pure as the driven snow. Young was no doubt infatuated with her husband Sullivan, odd because their initial meeting ended hostile and the stuff of far fetched romance novels to see otherwise.
Other professional reviews of the film:
1 "The suspense, under Director Tay Garnett, mounts steadily, almost unbearably, until a final plot twist so original that it's almost a swindle."-- NY Times
2 Time magazine characterized the film "as the year's first thriller with an honest quota of thrills. It pulls off the old Hitchcock trick of giving commonplace people, events and settings a sinister meaning, and it develops its simple, one-track idea with frightening logic."
3 Sean Axmaker calls Cause for Alarm "An unusual entry into the film noir school of paranoia" which "...trades the dark alleys and long shadows of urban menace for the sunny, tree-lined streets of middle-class domesticity" whilst noting, "Young's deadened narration adds an eerie mood of doom to the suburban setting."
Loretta Young as Ellen Jones
Barry Sullivan as George Z. Jones
Bruce Cowling as Dr. Ranney Grahame
Margalo Gillmore as aunt Clara Edwards
Bradley Mora as Hoppy (Billy)
Irving Bacon as Joe Carston, the postman
Georgia Backus as Mrs. Warren, the neighbor
Don Haggerty as Mr. Russell, the notary
Art Baker as the post office superintendent
Directed by Tay Garnett
Produced by Tom Lewis
Screenplay by Mel Dinelli
Story by Larry Marcus
Music by André Previn
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Editing by James E. Newcom
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) March 30, 1951
(New York City, U.S.A.)
Running time 74 minutes
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
(1951) Cause For Alarm
If one can tolerate the time in which it was made when their were no cell phones etc.. One should be able to sit back and enjoy this little film which involves, paranoia, infidelity and assumptions! Because I love well acted films films that have superficial endings, this film is slight "B"
3 out of 4 stars
This is a brilliant suspense film, Young gives a fantastic performance as a wife who doesn't want to be suspected for murdering her husband. Great story, I loved it.
High strung melodrama with Loretta at a fever pitch almost the whole way through. Plays more like an extended episode from an old anthology series than a feature and a rather nonsensical one at that.
This is a first rate noir with a totally captivating performance from Loretta Young. I had never appreciated her as an actress until seeing this film.