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A postcard, a bottle of Chianti and a model who refuses to stay dead are the main clues in this stylish thriller with a passing resemblance to the classic film noir Laura (1944). When his brother is killed with model Allison Ford (Terry Moore) in a car crash in Italy, artist Tim Forrester (Robert Beatty) gets caught up in the investigation. Before long he's dodging the police, who think he's killed one of his models, and the members of a smuggling ring. And just to make things more complicated, the dead model turns up in his apartment. As Portrait of Allison, the story had been a success on British television earlier in 1955. For the film, RKO insisted on using American actors like Moore and William Sylvester alongside Canadian Beatty, best known at the time as one of the BBC announcers reporting on the London Blitz. This was only the second film directed by Guy Green, who won an Oscar for his cinematography of David Lean's Great Expectations (1947). That may account for the film's crisp black-and-white visuals, a trademark that would continue in his better-known directing efforts like The Angry Silence (1960) and A Patch of Blue (1965).

By Frank Miller

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