The Pretender

The Pretender

Director: W. Lee Wilder Cast: Ernie S. Adams, John Bagni, Alan Carney


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Albert Dekker plays a crooked investment agent who embezzles a large sum from an estate, hoping to cover his crime by marrying the estate's heiress (Catherine Craig). The girl is already engaged, so Dekker arranges to have the fiance killed. The hit man's only means of identifying the victim-to-be is his picture in the society columns. But the girl changes her mind and agrees to marry Dekker--meaning that it is his picture that will appear in the columns, thereby condemning him to death. Desperately trying to contact the hit man, Dekker discovers that the man is dead...but the assassin's successor is still at large. A cheap but tidy "hoist on his own petard" melodrama, The Pretender was produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder, brother of the more famous (and frankly more talented) Billy Wilder.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2013
UPC: 0887936768590
Original Release: 1947
Source: Mr Fat - W Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ernie S. Adams Butler Thomas
John Bagni Hank Gordon
Alan Carney Victor Korrin
Catherine Craig Claire Worthington
Albert Dekker Kenneth Holden
Charles Drake Dr. Leonard Koster
Cay Forester Evelyn Cossett
Eula Guy Nurse
Selmar Jackson Charles Lennox
Tom Kennedy Fingers Murdock
Michael Mark Janitor
Peter Michael Stephen
Charles B. Middleton Butler William
Dorothy Scott Miss Michael
Linda Stirling Flo Ronson
Forrest Taylor Dr. Stevens
Ben Welden Mickie
Peggy Wynne Miss Chalmers
Stanley Ross Stranger

Technical Credits
W. Lee Wilder Director,Producer
John Alton Cinematographer
I.R. Berne Costumes/Costume Designer
Don L. Cash Makeup
Asa Boyd Clark Editor
Paul Dessau Musical Direction/Supervision
John Link Editor
Don Martin Screenwriter
Doris Miller Screenwriter
F. Paul Sylos Art Director

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