Obsession (1949)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Edward Dmytryk.

Plot Summary

Psychiatrist Clive Riordan plans against the latest of his wife Storm's long line of lovers, American Bill Kronin. He abducts Kronin, secures him in a secret hiding place and prepares to kill him in a vat of . But a missing dog may prove to be Riordan's undoing…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Copyright MCMXLIX [1949] by Independent Sovereign Films Ltd
An Independent Sovereign film
Distributed by General Film Distributors Ltd.
Produced by: N. A. Bronsten [real name: Nat A. Bronsten]
Assistant Producer: Kenneth Horne
Screenplay by: Alec Coppel from his book ‘A Man About a Dog'
Assistant Director: George Mills
Dialogue Director: Alec Coppel
Continuity: Barbara Cole
Director of Photography: C. Pennington-Richards [real name: C.M. Pennington-Richards]
Camera Operator: Robert Day
Editor: Lito Carruthers
Music Composed by: Nino Rota
Conducted by: Louis Levy
Sound Recordists: Jack Locke, Gordon McCallum
Sound Editor: Winston Ryder
1st Assistant Dubbing Mixer: Peter T. Davies *
Western Electric Recording
Make Up: Stuart Freeborn
Hair Stylist: Betty Baugh
Art Director: Duncan Sutherland
Assistant Art Director: Ken Adam *
Made at Pinewood Studios, England
Locations: Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, England, UK *

Robert Newton (Dr Clive Riordan)
Sally Gray (Storm Riordan)
Naunton Wayne (Superintendent Finsbury)
Phil Brown (Bill Kronin)
Ronald Adam (club man)
Michael Balfour (American sailor)
Betty Cooper (Miss Stevens)
James Harcourt (Aitkin)
Roddy Hughes (club man)
Allan Jeayes (club man)
Olga Lindo (Mrs Humphries)
Russell Waters (Flying Squad Detective)
Lionel Watts (clubmen)
‘Monty' trained by Canine Film Stars
Sam Kydd [club steward] *

Alternative Titles

Besættelse – Denmark
Den Besatte syrbadsmördaren, Den – Sweden
Happomurhaaja – Finland
The Hidden Room – USA
Vendico il tuo peccato – Italy
Der Wahnsinn des Dr Clive – Austria, West Germany

A Man About a Dog (1972)