Joseph Cotten Blogathon – A Blueprint For Murder (1953)


This is the second of three posts dedicated to the The Joseph Cotten Blogathon being held over at Maddy Loves Her Classic Films and In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.

Tnx Maddy and Crystal for letting me take part!

“It’s one thing for us to believe someone’s guilty, but it’s quite another to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. ” – Dist. Atty. John J. Henderson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A man suspects his sister-in-law of murdering his brother and niece and must try and find a way to stop her from harming his nephew.

My Take on it – This is a great film noir because it features an every-man trying to save his nephew from what he suspects is an untimely death at the hands of his own step mother.

The story works really well and stays captivating the entire time as we try and discover along with the other characters what is truly transpiring.

The characters are developed quite well and we get to see people do extraordinary things in order to eventually get what they want; both for good and for nefarious reasons.

Joseph Cotten is perfectly cast in the lead and we can easily believe that he is doing all he can to save his nephew from certain and impending harm.

His performance makes us care so much about his quest even when he must do things that aren’t always in his own best interest.

The plot itself moves along at a great pace and they allow for us to see some gripping and thrilling scenes along the way as we slowly discover the truth along with the characters which leaves so much room for us to questions every aspect of the facts presented.

Love the way that they keep us guessing all the way until the very end.

Bottom Line – Great and captivating story that gives us some great characters doing extraordinary things in order to get what they need. Cotten is perfect as the lead in this film and makes us care so much about his quest to keep his nephew safe from his stepmother. The plot moves along at a great pace and we get to see some very thrilling and gripping scenes as we try to also uncover the mystery behind the unexplained deaths along with the other characters. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The ship at sea is the same miniature model used for Titanic (1953), which in turn was used for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Dangerous Crossing (1953). The interiors of the dining room and staircase on the ship were also from the same movies. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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