Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Article #543 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 9-9-2002
Posting date: 2-2-2003

Three different stories are told, all revolving around the subject of murder.

One would think from the title that we would be dealing here with an anthology of whodunits, but in truth, only the second of the three stories (“You Killed Elizabeth”) is a conventional whodunit and it’s the odd man out; the other two stories have significant fantastic premises, the first (“In the Picture”) about people who reside in a painting in a musuem, and the last (“Count Mountdrago”) about a man whose dreams are being invaded. This last one is the centerpiece and has the only big name in the cast, with a fine performance from Orson Welles in the title role; all three of them also feature excellent performances from Alan Badel in various roles. The middle story is the weakest and most predictable, but they’re all enjoyable to some degree, though I don’t really know whether the movie will really inspire me to rewatch it again.

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