Release dateDecember 29, 1944 (1944-12-29) (U.S.) Based onthe novel
by Margaret Carpenter WriterWarren Duff (screenplay), Margaret Carpenter (novel) ScreenplayWarren B. Duff, Margaret Carpenter CastHedy Lamarr (Allida Bederaux), George Brent (Dr. Huntington Bailey), Paul Lukas (Nick Bederaux), Albert Dekker ('Clag' Claghorn), Carl Esmond (John Maitland), Olive Blakeney (Clarissa 'Cissie' Bederaux) Similar moviesCollateral, Strangers on a Train, The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, Detour, The Third Man
TaglineWho's in danger from whom? Who's crazy? Who can fathom the obscure motivations?
Experiment perilous hedy lamarr
Experiment Perilous is a 1944 melodrama set at the turn of the 20th century. The film is based on a 1943 novel by Margaret Carpenter and directed by Jacques Tourneur. Albert S. D'Agostino, Jack Okey, Darrell Silvera, and Claude E. Carpenter were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White. Hedy Lamarr's singing voice was dubbed by Paula Raymond.
The story takes place in 1903. During a train trip, psychiatrist Dr. Huntington Bailey (George Brent) meets a friendly older lady (Olive Blakeney). She tells him that she is going to visit her brother Nick and his lovely young wife Allida. Once in New York, Bailey hears that his train companion suddenly died. Shortly afterward, he meets the strange couple and becomes suspicious of Nick's treatment of his wife. Nick (Paul Lukas) keeps Allida (Hedy Lamarr), whom he is trying to pass off as crazy, a virtual prisoner in their London town house [a New York brownstone in the film], cutting off all contact with the outside world. The kindly Bailey takes it upon himself to attempt to free his new love Allida from the control of the insanely jealous Nick.
A frenzied gun battle and fist fight in their home, featuring the destruction of several large aquariums, replete with shattered glass, gushing water and floundering fish may be the most memorable (and most often imitated) scene in the film.
Hedy Lamarr as Allida Bederaux
George Brent as Dr. Huntington Bailey
Paul Lukas as Nick Bederaux
Albert Dekker as Clag
Carl Esmond as Maitland
Olive Blakeney as Cissie
George N. Neise as Alec
Margaret Wycherly as Maggie
Stephanie Bachelor as Elaine
Mary Servoss as Miss Wilson
Julia Dean as Deria
William Post Jr. as District Attorney
Bill Ward as young Alec
Experiment Perilous was presented on Screen Guild Players October 12, 1946. Brent reprised his screen role, and Joan Bennett and Adolphe Menjou co-starred. George Brent reprised his role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on September 10, 1945, co-starring Virginia Bruce.