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A Blueprint for Murder Details


Joseph Cotten stars in Joseph Cotten as Whitney Cameron, a man who harbors a deep and abiding affection for his pretty sister-in-law Lynne Cameron (Jean Peters). When one of Lynne's stepchildren dies, the autopsy indicates that the child was poisoned. Despite his feelings for Lynne, Whitney can't help but feel that she was responsible for the child's death--and that she intends to go on killing until she becomes sole heir of her late husband's estate. The "moment of truth" occurs during a climactic ocean voyage which consumes nearly a third of the film. Joseph Cotten was written and directed by Andrew L. Stone, whose legendary insistence upon "realism" at all costs was such that it's a wonder he didn't persuade Peters to commit a real murder. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Joseph Cotten
as Whitney Cameron
Jean Peters
as Lynne Cameron
Gary Merrill
as Fred Sargent
Catherine McLeod
as Maggie Sargent
Jack Kruschen
as Hal Cole
Barney Phillips
as Capt. Pringle
Joyce McCluskey
as Nurse Brownell
Mae Marsh
as Anna
Harry Carter
as Wheeler
Walter Sande
as John L. Henderson
Tyler McVey
as Technician
Teddy Mangean
as Attendant
Aline Towne
as File clerk
Ray Hyke
as Pharmacist
Eugene Borden
as Headwaiter
Carleton Young
as Frank Connelly
Grandon Rhodes
as Judge Adams
Herbert Butterfield
as Judge
George Melford
as Bailiff
Jonathan Hale
as Dr. Stevenson


Andrew L. Stone
Andrew L. Stone
Leo Tover
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer