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I May Destroy You
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In this low budget thriller - that comes close to old television movies quality ( a good many of the cast actually did move to working television) - a savvy defense attorney is the last guy to figure out that the woman he just got off from a murder charge is actually guilty. So he concocts some only-in-the-movies scheme to have her murder him, too, so that she'll finally get caught. What?! Did you stop reading when you read what his genius plan is??? Yeah, well I don't blame you. It's as hokey as can be. the cast though is good enough to bypass the incredulity of the script and watch the thing through. It won't stay with you long though.
Great story but staged a bit straightforwardly. Angela Lansbury makes as likely a femme fatal as John Major an unfaithful husband and serial shagger of Edwina. This film features a pleasing flashback structure, a tight script and as said, an original story, but not much else.
a fair B movie film noir with Raymond Burr playing a defense lawyer. the film came out before the T.V. series Perry Mason
Fair little thriller concerns an alleged battered wife (Landsbury) who's supposedly killed her wealthy husband (Foran) in self defence, acquitted of his murder thanks to her romantic liaison with the man's war-time best friend and now eminent attorney (Burr)... Making graves while digging for gold--Please murder me is a nice noir thriller on which the influence of Billy Wilder's classic Double Indemnity is clearly felt... Murderous, Tawdry Fun! High Camp Hilarity!!
Dull, talky, leaden-paced but well-acted "thriller" but low on the thrills. Low on the budget too.
Low budget reworking of Double Indemnity works better than it should thanks to the quality of its cast. Burr, Angela Lansbury and John Dehner all give performances better than the ordinary script warrants.
Men (or gals?)...When and if you ever fall in love with a client, try not to make it Angela Lansbury. Not only is she not worth it, she shoots to kill every time. Never in a movie has so unappealing a woman star as Lansbury make me shake my head that Raymond Burr want her. It can't be her face, it must be the total package.
Old Army buddies get involved with the same dame, Lansbury. After two years of marriage, the other buddy, Raymond Burr, finds himself not only in love with his best friends wife but defending her in court as her lawyer. The entire film is a flashback.
The soundtrack, if you want to call it that, is that weird sci-fi stuff we have all heard before. No music usually.
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This one is a legal piece of work. Raymond Burr plays a successful, admired lawyer. He takes on the case of a woman, Angela Lansbury, that he became quite fond of, even though she is married. But married only 2 years. And to make it even more interesting, she has had a romance going way before that in college with an artist.
On reflection, this movie is just too incredible to believe. While the acting is great by the two leads, you come away thinking how in the world can this happen? The trial scene that we think can only end up in a guilty verdict instead..... well watch the movie yourself.
One reviewer gave the film sarcastic high marks:
"Murderous, Tawdry Fun! High Camp Hilarity!
I give this one a 10 and dub it a diamond in the rough, worthy of rediscovery by today's gay cynics. After this one gets going it pays off with unintentional laughs again and again. The acting is stilted, to be sure! The plot is preposterous, and Angela Lansbury's performance will have you in stitches (too good to be true - isn't it true she has the mouth of a truck driver in real life?)."
Reflections on the Title, Please Murder Me:
The only thing I could possibly think relates to the title is that the lawyer, Raymond Burr, arranges for his own death by setting up Angela Lansbury in the final scene of the film.
By murdering him, she gets sent to hell as she should of early in the film. He takes a bullet for her to get justice.
Notes about the film:
1. The entire film is a flashback. Burr predicts his death on a tape recorder in the opening scene.
2. "A lawyer wins an acquittal for his client, a woman accused of murder. After the verdict, he finds out that she indeed did commit the murder and manipulated him to win her acquittal. Guilt-ridden, and knowing that she can't be tried again for the murder, he devises a plan to bring her to justice."---- Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
3. THE DEADLIEST PACT EVER MADE! (original print ad - all caps)
"The strangest request, (ie Please Murder Me) you have ever heard makes the most startling picture you have ever seen!" (tagline for the film)
Director: Peter Godfrey
Writers: Al C. Ward (screenplay), Donald Hyde (screenplay)
Angela Lansbury ... Myra Leeds
Raymond Burr ... Attorney Craig Carlson
Dick Foran ... Joe Leeds
John Dehner ... Dist. Atty. Ray Willis
Lamont Johnson ... Carl Holt
Robert Griffin ... Lou Kazarian
Denver Pyle ... Lieut. Bradley
Alex Sharp ... Sgt. Hill
Lee Miller ... The Patrolman
Russell Thorson ... The Judge (as Russ Thorson)
Runtime: 78 min
Sound Mix: Mono
Color: Black and White
This sticks right to the classic noir conventions, but does so with Angela Lansbury in a ludicrous courtroom drama where her lawyer is both her lover, a witness and a friend of the deceased (even I could call the mistrial here). The quality of the video is low and the sound is particularly bad, but I can't say that it would really be worth re-mastering.
The DVD I rented was also a double-feature with another Lansbury noir (please tell me that this is not a genre), "Life at Stake." This has all the same quality issues as the first, but here she is trying to seduce and kill her totally wooden (not in a hot way) younger co-star. What, your cottage where the climactic scene takes place has a huge door opening for no reason onto a cliff? Someone might fall out! No, wait, that could never happen...
âIn exactly 55 minutes, I will be dead. Murdered.â A great legal suspense noir in which Raymond Burr deliberately torments Angela Landsbury so that she will murder him in order to restore justice after she cons him into getting her acquitted of the murder of her husband who she killed during a fight over her affair with Burr. Burr defends her at trial, only to learn later that she murdered her husband in cold blood and had only become involved with Burr so that he would defend her so that she could run away with a third man. Great, tangled noir plot, with good direction and acting.
Solid film noir, great cast. Raymond Burr and Angela Lansbury are both terrific. Good courtroom scenes. Suspenseful. Weak supporting cast though.