Without Honor
Theatrical release cover
Directed byIrving Pichel
Written byJames Poe
Produced byRaymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
StarringBruce Bennett
Laraine Day
Dane Clark
Agnes Moorehead
Franchot Tone
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byGregg C. Tallas
Music byMax Steiner
Strand Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 26, 1949 (1949-10-26) (Premiere-Boston)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

Without Honor is a 1949 American film noir directed by Irving Pichel and starring Bruce Bennett, Laraine Day, Dane Clark, Agnes Moorehead, and Franchot Tone.[1]


Jane, a housewife, is confronted during her daily chores by Dennis, her married lover with whom she has had a long affair. Dennis tells Jane that he has to break off their relationship. She threatens suicide, but when she picks up a shish kabob skewer, the two struggle and Dennis is stabbed in the chest and collapses. Jane hides the body in the house. Before she can leave, her brother-in-law arrives and tells her that he knows about the affair and that he has invited her husband, her lover, and his wife to her house that evening so that he can tell them about the affair. Jane, in a panic worrying that they will find out about the killing, attempts to flee but cannot get away from her vengeful brother-in-law.



Arthur Lions notes in Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir, "A top-notch cast is wasted in a total clunker. The film takes the award, however, for the movie with the shortest performance by a top-billed star. Leading man Tone, after his brief initial appearance, spends most of the picture as the "corpse" in the laundry room."[2]

The film was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


  1. ^ Without Honor at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Lyons, Arthur (2000). Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir!. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80996-6.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Without Honor". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved August 19, 2013.