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Another Mans Poison

Bette Davis , Gary Merrill , Irving Rapper    Unrated   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Bette Davis pulls out all the stops as Janet Frobisher, a devious, selfish vixen who will stop at nothing to get what she wants in Another Man's Poison, a drama deliciously full of unexpected twists and turns. Frobisher is a rich mystery writer who falls in love with her secretary's fiancé and lures him away. But her happiness is far from ensured. She first must deal with a long forgotten ex-convict husband who tries to blackmail her, and then she must scheme her way out of the clutches of her husband's ruthless partner, George Bates (Gary Merrill, Davis's husband in real life). Davis proves why she remains such an acting legend as she dominates the screen in the kind of part that only she could bring to life so vividly.

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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE MAN'S MEAT..... Dec 25 2007
The statment, "One man's meat, is another man's poison" is so true and so ironic in this case. I was so intrigued by the mixed (and bad) comments that this movie got, that I had to purchase it myself. Yes, the entire setting is dark and the plot at times bordering on hammy and cheesy, but it's fun to watch all the double crossing attempts and the extent to which persons will go to commit crimes (the characters of course) and hide them. Davis' husband I think is excellent, his rough and ominous disposition adding to the dark humour of the entire piece. Oftimes, we like movies because the critics say that they are good metaphoric vehicles with symbolism and motifs woven into them...whether or not the movie is trash. There are far worse movies that she has done in my estimation (Oh God..."The Anniversary", "The Watcher in the Woods"). "Jezebel" is too long and drawn out and I find "The Nanny" quite annoying. So, in short, what one man enjoys, another will hate, but that doesn't make it bad, it's just taste, or lack of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, disappointing June 23 2003
Bette Davis, as we all know, is an American icon, a legendary American movie star, a great American movie actress, winner of multiple Academy Awards and many Academy Award nominations. But this doesn't mean that the acting of the feisty, volatile, tempestuous screen star was always good. She was at her best in the 1930s and 1940s (and in 1950's All About Eve). In some of her work in the 1950s, she lapsed into Bette Davis playing caricatures of Bette Davis, and this is one of those unfortunate occasions (an earlier one is her performance in Beyond the Forest, 1949).
The vehicle here is a dated, stagy melodrama which must have looked tired even in 1951, and must have appealed only as a showy vehicle for Davis. She stars here with her recent husband Gary Merrill, after their successful collaboration in All About Eve. Davis still seems to be playing the part of Margo Channing here; it's a very actressy performance. In addition to being over the top, she's over the hill for the part; she looks overweight and overripe (after all, she'd been making movies for 20 years at this point), hardly the femme fatale who could lure handsome young Anthony Steel away from his much more attractive young fiancee Barbara Murray.
Bette's overdone, actressy performance, replete with lots of eyeball rolling, cigarette lighting and smoking, and cocktail pouring and drinking, combined with a conventional performance from Merrill and the dated, stagy melodrama, cardboard characters, and obvious contrivances of this play, makes for an undistinguished film that is no credit to the Davis filmography. Even the cinematography (this is an independent British production) is bad; it's too dark and has the grainy look of an early TV kinescope. The only memorable feature is the polished performance of Emlyn Williams as an annoying busybody veterinarian constantly sticking his nose into his neighbors' business.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DULL DAVIS? I'M AFRAID SO..... Oct. 29 2002
Dreary Davis vehicle which should never have been made. She's a famous authoress living in England who murders an inconvenient ex-husband. She's having it off with her secretary's boyfriend (who's much younger) and thinks she's pulled off the perfect crime (she's a mystery writer) until a former partner of the husband's shows up. He offers to cover for her but things get ridiculously out of hand and he kills her prize horse. This is not good. Then begins a game of wills that ends most ironically as Davis falls prey to her own schemes. She hams it up in this one and leaves no co-star unscathed. Murky b&w photography doesn't help either. It's slow and very stagy throughout. Her then husband Gary Merrill plays the partner and even he seems at a loss over how to cope with the script. If a Davis film can be called a total waste then this is it. Even she can't save it from sinking into tedious boredom. Stick with her other films instead and forget this turkey.
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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
This film, based upon the play "Deadlock" by Leslie Sands, is not one of those films that will make the viewer stand up and cheer. Were it not for Bette Davis, it would probably not even merit a viewing, so improbable is the script with which she has to work. The other cast members, as well, have thankless roles.
Davis lights up the screen as mystery novelist, Janet Frobisher, who lives in isolated splendor on the Yorkshire moors in England. Her nearest neighbor is the local busy body and veterinarian, Dr. Henderson, a role gamely played by Emlyn Williams. Frobisher, a selfish, amoral vixen, falls in love with her secretary's fiance, Larry (Anthony Steele). One little problem stands in her way of eternal bliss. She, herself, is married to a man with a criminal past, one with whom she has had little contact in recent years. In the first few minutes of the film, it is revealed that she has single handedly and cold bloodedly dispatched her husband, who has had the misfortune to show up unexpectedly, to the great beyond. Unfortunately for her, she gets an unwelcome, surprise visitor on the heels of her murderous act, when her husband's partner in crime, George Bates, shows up looking for him.
The improbable storyline that follows is kept afloat by Ms. Davis alone. Gary Merrill, the real life husband of Bette Davis at the time, stoically and woodenly plays the thankless role of George Bates. He, as well as the rest of the cast, fades into the background, when on screen with Ms. Davis. Even Ms. Davis, however, is unable to keep this clunker totally afloat. Stagey, with leaden dialogue and a ridiculous premise, this film would have immediately tanked, were it not for the Ms. Davis. Struggling valiantly with this turkey, Ms. Davis smokes, drinks, kills, and loves, as only Ms.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bette is only the sweet thing in this poison.
To the point : There is no doubt that Bette Davis is the greatest actress in the world. She was at the right time and the right place, and above all she was talented. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2002 by R. Tan
3.0 out of 5 stars HIGH CAMP DAVIS
Celebrated mystery writer Janet Frobisher (Davis) - who lives in a secluded mansion on the Yorkshire moors - is in love with Larry (Anthony Steele), a young engineer engaged to... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by "scotsladdie"
2.0 out of 5 stars AU REVOIR...
Presented by Image, the 1952 ANOTHER MAN'S POISON directed by Irving Rapper and starring Bette Davis is a British production that curiously enters the DVD market before the major... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2001 by Daniel S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Bette Davis Movie Video!
ok.. this film is not very good... it is minor film in the career of Miss Bette Davis. BUT.. it is a fun film to view... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2000 by DANIEL FLECK
2.0 out of 5 stars Routine Thriller Recommended Only for Bette Fans
I'm happy that this movie has finally made it to video--I'd wanted to see it for years. However, the movie sounds more interesting than it actually is, and it is purely a routine... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2000
Published on Jan. 21 2000 by DANIEL G. MADIGAN
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