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Portrait in Black Details


Wanting to be free of her crippled husband but not his enormous fortune, a glamorous wife talks her lover, who is also her spouse's personal physician, into injecting poison into the ailing industrialist. This crime melodrama chronicles the chain of events that leads to the murderous lovers' downfall. Though they successfully offed the husband, the two are not allowed to enjoy their new wealth and happiness for a letter sent to the wife reveals that someone knows about the crime. Believing that the anonymous author is her late-husbands investment advisor, the wife and her lover quickly dispatch him. When his body later turns up, another is blamed with the crime. Unfortunately, the villainous twosome, the accused is to marry the granddaughter of the deceased tycoon. Matters don't improve when the doctor/lover's conscience flares up and he decides to confess. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Lana Turner
as Sheila Cabot
Anthony Quinn
as Dr. David Rivera
Sandra Dee
as Catherine Cabot
John Saxon
as Blake Richards
Richard Basehart
as Howard Mason
Lloyd Nolan
as Matthew Cabot
Ray Walston
as Cob O'Brien
Virginia Grey
as Miss Lee
Paul Birch
as Detective
John Wengraf
as Dr. Kessler
James Nolan
as 1st Detective
George Womack
as Foreman
Anna May Wong
as Tani


Michael Gordon
Ross Hunter
Russell Metty
Inez James
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Skinner
Composer (Music Score)
Julia Heron
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Bud Westmore