Obsession (1949)




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In this film, Robert Newton stars as Dr. Clive Riordan, the insanely jealous husband of Storm Riordan. Not content with merely murdering Storm's American lover, Riordan chains up the poor fellow in a deserted building. Once the investigation into the man's disappearance has subsided, Riordan intends to kill his victim.


Robert Newton
as Dr. Clive Riordan
Naunton Wayne
as Supt. Finsbury
Phil Brown
as Bill Kronin
Sally Gray
as Storm Riordan
Michael Balfour
as American Sailor
Olga Lindo
as Mrs. Humphreys
Ronald Adam
as Clubman
Allan Jeayes
as Clubman
Russell Waters
as Detective
Betty Cooper
as Miss Stevens
Roddy Hughes
as Clubman
Lyonel Watts
as Clubman
Stanley Baker
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Obsession

All Critics (3)

This neatly packaged film noir is proof that you don't need violence to create tension.

Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

First-rate British crime thriller.

Mar 29, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Obsession

A wonderful, tight drama that begins with a British gentleman (Robert Newton) turning up unexpectedly to surprise his wife (Sally Gray) and her American lover (Phil Brown). Angered by her string of infidelities, he's planned the perfect revenge, but I won't describe the plot further. I loved the intelligent, British dialogue put side by side with a truly dark crime. The performances are fine, and director Edward Dmytryk creates a nice noir feeling. The detective played by Naunton Wayne is a forerunner of Columbo, turning up to ask 'one more question' with a veneer of innocence, but flashing his understanding and unnerving the culprit. A hidden gem.

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