The Obsessed

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"Was this the kiss... of a murderer?"
  • 1952
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 6.6  (437)

The Obsessed is a gripping 1951 British drama film, directed by Maurice Elvey that explores the themes of obsession, jealousy, and love triangle. The movie stars David Farrar as Dr. Clive Riordan, a successful Harley Street surgeon, who has a loving wife, Storm (Geraldine Fitzgerald). However, his world turns upside down when he suspects his wife is having an affair with their friend and neighbor, Bill Kronin (Roland Culver).

Dr. Riordan's suspicions begin to grow when Kronin gives Storm an expensive necklace for her birthday. He becomes increasingly obsessive and jealous, convinced that his wife is cheating on him. His obsession begins to interfere with his personal and professional life, making him more and more erratic and irrational.

As Dr. Riordan's paranoia continues to grow, he decides to take matters into his own hands and seeks revenge on Kronin by framing him for a murder he didn't commit. The climax of the movie takes place during Kronin's trial, where Dr. Riordan becomes the key witness and shares his story of obsession, love, and betrayal.

The acting in the film is top-notch. David Farrar delivers a mesmerizing performance as the obsessed doctor, conveying his character's descent into madness with great ease. His desperation to seek revenge and prove his wife's betrayal is palpable throughout the film. Geraldine Fitzgerald also does an excellent job portraying the conflicted wife who tries to save her marriage but ends up in a devastating situation.

The supporting cast is strong, with Roland Culver delivering a convincing performance as the unsuspecting friend and neighbor caught in the middle of Dr. Riordan's obsession. Other notable performances include Jean Cadell as Riordan's loyal housekeeper and Pamela Stirling as Kronin's intelligent and courageous daughter.

The Obsessed is not just a gripping drama but also a visually stunning film. The cinematography, by Otto Heller, is remarkable, especially in the climactic courtroom scene. The lighting and shadow used in the film build tension and convey the sinister and haunting tones that underlie the story.

Overall, The Obsessed is a classic British film that explores the darker sides of human nature. The film's themes of jealousy, obsession, and betrayal are as relevant today as they were then, making it a timeless classic that will continue to be watched and enjoyed by audiences.

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    1 hr 18 min
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    6.6  (437)