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Experiment Perilous Details


Officially based on a novel by Margaret Carpenter, Experiment Perilous would seem to be more inspired by MGM's psychological thriller [[Feature~V19278~Gaslight~gaslight]]. Set at the turn of the century, the film stars [[Performer~P40114~Hedy Lamarr~hedylamarr]] as Allida, the beautiful young wife of an elderly "gentleman" named Nick ([[Performer~P43708~Paul Lukas~paullukas]]). Treating his wife like a possession, Nick keeps her a virtual prisoner in their London town house, cutting off all contact with the outside world. The situation is exacting a terrible emotional toll on Allida and her stepson Alec ([[Performer~P52138~George N. Neise~georgeneise]]). Enter kindly psychiatrist Huntington Bailey ([[Performer~P8329~George Brent~georgebrent]]), who takes it upon himself to free Allida and Alec from the despotic control of the insanely jealous Nick. The film's "money scene" is a frenzied gun battle in an aquarium, replete with shattered glass, gushing water and floundering fish; this sequence would be imitated ad nauseum in such future films as [[Feature~V29103~Lethal Weapon~lethalweapon]] (1988) and [[Feature~V136348~Mission: Impossible~mission:impossible]] (1996). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 1944


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Okey Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert S. D'Agostino Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Darrell Silvera Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee


Hedy Lamarr
as Allida Bedereaux
George Brent
as Dr. Huntington Bailey
Paul Lukas
as Nick Bedereaux
Albert Dekker
as Claghorne
Carl Esmond
as John Maitland
Olive Blakeney
as Cissie Bedereaux
George Neise
as Alec Gregory
Margaret Wycherly
as Maggie
Mary Servoss
as Miss Wilson
Julia Dean
as Deria
Michael Visaroff
as Ballet Master
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Voice Instructor
Georges Renavent
Joel Friedkin
as Brakeman
Broderick O'Farrell
as Frank
Nolan Leary
as Bellhop
Perc Launders
as Ambulance Man
John Mylong
as Nick, Sr.
Peggy Miller
as Cissie, Age 8
Sam McDaniel
as Porter


Jacques Tourneur
Warren B. Duff
Warren B. Duff
Tony Gaudio
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Dawson
Darrell Silvera
Production Designer
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Jack Okey
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Edward Stevenson
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Dewey Starkey
First Assistant Director