Portrait in Black


Portrait in Black

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Wanting to be free of her crippled husband but not his enormous fortune, a glamorous wife talks her lover, who is also her spouse's personal physician, into injecting poison into the ailing industrialist. This crime melodrama chronicles the chain of events that leads to the murderous lovers' downfall. Though they successfully offed the husband, the two are not allowed to enjoy their new wealth and happiness for a letter sent to the wife reveals that someone knows about the crime. Believing that the anonymous author is her late-husbands investment advisor, the wife and her lover quickly dispatch him. When his body later turns up, another is blamed with the crime. Unfortunately, the villainous twosome, the accused is to marry the granddaughter of the deceased tycoon. Matters don't improve when the doctor/lover's conscience flares up and he decides to confess.


Lana Turner
as Sheila Cabot
Anthony Quinn
as Dr. David Rivera
Sandra Dee
as Cathy Cabot
John Saxon
as Blake Richards
Richard Basehart
as Howard Mason
Lloyd Nolan
as Matthew Cabot
Ray Walston
as Cob O'Brien
Virginia Grey
as Miss Lee
Dennis Kohler
as Peter Cabot
Paul Birch
as Detective
John Wengraf
as Dr. Kessler
Richard Norris
as Mr. Corbin
James Nolan
as 1st Detective
Jim Nolan
as Detective
Robert P. Lieb
as Detective
John McNamara
as Minister
Henry S. Quan
as Headwaiter
Elizabeth Chan
as Chinese Dancer
Harold Goodwin
as Patrolman
Jack Bryan
as Patrolman
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  • Turner was dressed in some eye-catching Jean Louis gowns, and the film employed some beautiful sets, but neither of these flashy touches could conceal Portrait in Black's contrived plot.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A film with a plot so full of holes that it's hard to stop the cast falling through them.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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