Picks and Pans Review: Another Man's Poison

updated 12/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

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B

This British production is regarded as a "lost" Bette Davis movie, because the rights to it have been legally entangled virtually since it was made in 1951.

Davis plays a mystery writer who kills her shady estranged husband and is then blackmailed by a fugitive from the law into allowing him to pose as her mate. This was the first film Davis made after All About Eve, and once again she has as a co-star Gary Merrill, whom she had married in the interim.

Davis isn't at her most spirited in this thick thriller, but even a bland Bette is a wonder to watch.

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