πŸŽ₯ Cause for Alarm – 1951

The Story …

During World War II, Ellen works as a nurse in a naval hospital.

While dating Lieutenant Ranney Grahame, a military doctor with a busy schedule that leaves him with little time for her, Ellen meets Ranney’s friend George Jones, a pilot.

Ellen falls deeply in love with George and marries him after leaving Ranney on amicable terms. When the war ends, Ellen and George move into a suburban Los Angeles neighbourhood …

Years later, not all is well with the young couple. George has proven to be selfish, petty, and domineering, and Ellen feels unfulfilled because they have yet to have any children.

Despite this, Ellen still loves her husband, and when he begins suffering heart problems, she tirelessly cares for him with the help of Ranney, who periodically visits in his capacity as George’s personal physician.

During a heat wave, George’s illness is exacerbated and he is bedridden. He also becomes increasingly delusional, to the point that Ranney concludes he needs psychological help.

George begins suspecting that Ellen and Ranney are having an affair, and that Ellen is trying to kill him by giving him overdoses of his heart medication.

He writes a letter to the district attorney accusing Ellen and Ranney of conspiring to murder him, then gives the letter to Ellen to send in the mail. Ellen dutifully hands the letter to the postman, thinking it is correspondence with their insurance company.

When Ellen returns to George’s room, she finds him out of bed and manic. He informs his wife of the letter’s contents and then brandishes a gun at her, declaring that he has arranged the situation so that he can shoot her and justify it as self-defense.

Before George can pull the trigger, however, he collapses on the bed and dies.

Realizing that George’s letter could still frame her as his murderer, Ellen rushes out of the house to retrieve it, but obstacle after obstacle gets in her way.

She catches up to the postman only for the postman to insist that George must request the letter be returned himself, otherwise Ellen must take the issue up with the supervisor of the local post office before the letter is sent out for delivery.

Meanwhile, George’s snobbish aunt Clara arrives at the Jones residence to visit George. Ellen manages to return in time to prevent Clara from entering George’s bedroom and finding his body, and persuades her to leave by truthfully stating that George did not want to see his aunt, as she had upset him on a previous visit.

After tidying up her disheveled appearance in preparation for visiting the post office, Ellen then notices the gun still in George’s hand and decides to remove and hide it. It fires a bullet into the floor while the room’s window is open, but only the neighbor boy Billy hears and he mistakes it for a toy.

Then a notary arrives for an appointment with George, and Ellen sends him away by insisting her husband is too ill to see visitors. As Ellen departs by car, she narrowly avoids running over Billy in her haste.

Finally at the post office, the supervisor gives Ellen a form to reclaim the letter that must be signed by George, but by this point Ellen is so frantic and desperate that her behavior irks the supervisor, and he decides to send the letter onward regardless.

Ellen returns home, defeated. When Ranney arrives to check on George’s condition, he calms Ellen and enters the bedroom, where he takes stock of his dead friend, the bullet hole in the floor, and the gun in the dresser.

After repositioning George’s body in the bed, he allows Ellen to explain what happened. When she is finished with her tale, the doorbell rings. Ellen despairs, believing the police have come to arrest her, but opens the door at Ranney’s urging.

She finds the postman has come to return George’s letter due to it having insufficient postage. Ellen is overcome with relief, and Ranney tears up the letter and burns the pieces …

Credits :

  • Directed by Tay Garnett
  • Screenplay by Mel Dinelli and Tom Lewis
  • Based on Cause for Alarm radio play by Larry Marcus
  • Produced by Tom Lewis
  • Cinematography :Β  Joseph Ruttenberg
  • Edited by James E. Newcom
  • Music by AndrΓ© Previn
  • Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Release Date : March 30, 1951

Cast :

  • 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 neighbour
  • Don Haggerty as Mr. Russell, the notary
  • Art Baker as the post office superintendent
  • Richard Anderson as the wounded sailor at a naval hospital

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cause_for_Alarm!_(film)

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GENRE : #COMEDY-MOVIES

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