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Third-billed Lee Marvin dominates the proceedings in A Life in the Balance. Marvin plays a psycho killer, whose trail is dogged by inquistive young Jose Perez. Jose's father, musician Ricardo Montalban, has been accused of a series of murders. The boy is convinced (correctly, it turns out) that Marvin is the guilty party, and trails the man in hopes of bringing him to justice. No dummy he, Perez leaves a trail for the authorities to follow--a series of smashed-up police call boxes (a similar plot device was deployed for comic purposes by Harold Lloyd in Harold Lloyd). A Life in the Balance was filmed on location in Mexico City, with a great deal of screen time devoted to a colorful carnival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Ricardo Montalban
as Antonio Gomez
Anne Bancroft
as Maria Ibinia
Lee Marvin
as The Killer
Jose Perez
as Paco Gomez
Carlos Muzquiz
as Capt. Saldana
Eva Calvo
as Carla Arlotta
Tamara Garina
as Dona Lucrecia
Antonio Carbajal
as Pedro
Danny Schiller
as Carmen Martinez
George Trevino
as Sergeant
Danny Schiller
as Carmen Martinez


Harry Horner
Leo Townsend
George Crone
Georges Simenon
Short Story Author