Tension lives up to its title. It’s a tight, tersely stated melodrama that holds the attention.
Plot has Richard Basehart, drugstore manager married to wicked Audrey Totter, plotting a perfect murder to do away with his wife’s lover (Lloyd Gough). He creates himself a new identity and carefully shapes his crime so that no suspicion will be cast on him.
Script [from a story by John Klorer] wraps smart dialog and situations around the plot to make it play very well and Berry’s direction keeps it always on the move and the cast showing to advantage.
Cyd Charisse is charming as the girl whom Basehart meets during the establishment of his new identity.
M-G-M. Director John Berry; Producer Robert Sisk; Screenplay Allen Rivkin; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Albert Akst; Music Andre Previn; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vasian
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 91 MIN.
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