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The offer of a life time turns into a tale of blackmail and deceit when out-of-work architect Edward Shaw (Keith Andes, Tora! Tora! Tora!) meets Doris Hillman (Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote), an alluring confident woman who knows what she wants and never gives up until she gets it.

A lucrative real estate deal in place in which Doris and her husband Gus (Douglass Dumbrille, The Ten Commandments) bankroll Shaw’s housing construction the venture is destined to make them all filthy rich. But when business mixes with pleasure, a love triangle threatens to undermine the entire operation and with shady insurance deals in the mix it’s only a matter of time before suspicion and paranoia bubble to the surface.

A cunning film noir in the tradition of Double Indemnity, A Life at Stake (also known as Key Man) is a taut and unnerving psychological thriller.


Attorney Craig Carlson (Raymond Burr, Perry Mason, Ironside) is a man in trouble with the law. A well practiced professional, he opens his doors to his best friend's wife Myra Leeds (Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote), who comes seeking help in her own divorce case. A classic conflict of interest is established and compounded when Carlson falls in love with Myra, causing all manner of tension in the Leeds household.

A startling tale of murder and deceit in the tradition of Double Indemnity, Please Murder Me! captures the essence of suspense and classic noir.

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