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Charade (1953)





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The fine line between love and violence is explored in this three-chapter anthology featuring James Mason and his wife Pamela Mason who both wrote, produced, and played the leads in each vignette.
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James Mason
as The Murderer / Maj. Linden / Jonah Watson
Pamela Mason
as The Artist / Pamela / Baroness Tanslan / Lilly
Scott Forbes
as Capt. Stamm
Paul Cavanagh
as Col. Heisler
Bruce Lester
as Capt. van Buren
John Dodsworth
as Lt. Meyerdorf
Bruce Lister
as Capt. van Buren
Sean McClory
as Jack Stuydevant
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Charade Starring: James Mason and Pamela Mason Director: Roy Kellino This "Charade" is a black-and-white anthology film starring James Mason and his wife Pamela,and it predates the more famous "Charade" (with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn) by a decade. It draws its title from the set-up and linking device for the three stories--James is dreaming about being a film producer instead of just an actor, and together with his wife they pretend what the movies he might produce would be like. The three tales in the film share a common thread of love and how it might enrich or destroy a life. The first story is a little chiller about a failed artist who developes a fatal attraction for a man she knows to be a murderer, the second one is a melodrama about a man of honor who is tricked into a duel by a dishonorable man who once had designs on his fiance, while the closer is a light-hearted little story about a man blessed with infallable luck who goes looking for that one thing that;'s missing in his life and discovers it may or may not be love. (The first of the three stories even bears a small resemblence to the more famous "Charade", in that it takes place inside a shabby rooming house and focuses on a woman who is attracted to a potentially dangerous man.) All three stories are well written, well staged, and expertly acted, with James and Pamela playing the leads in each one. The third, comedic story is a bit of a head-scratcher, but it's fun and entertaining nonetheless. The framing sequences add to the overall fun of the film, with the moment where what seemed to be James and Pamela's sitting room suddenly gives way to a partially struck sound-stage when James starts dreaming about the movies he's going to produce. James Mason's talent as actor are clearly on display in this film, particularly between the first and second stories, where he goes from a character of quiet menace to one of stiff-necked, hidebound honor. and gives an excellent performance in each role. "Charade" is definately a movie that isn't seen nearly enough. I recommend tracking down a copy and taking a look for yourself.

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

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