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US. B&W 1940s/50s/60s-ish horror/thriller: professional men's organisation/death

The film involved professional men (mainly middle-aged lawyers, bankers etc) joining an organisation that seemed to be something like a men's social club or perhaps the Rotarians or a Masonic Lodge - a sort of "do-gooding" / professional advancement organisation. Most of the scenes I recall (dimly) were set in office or club-lounge types of settings.

But it turns out that, unknown to him at first, circumstances lead to the main protagonist's life becoming forfeit,

I recall a scene in which he is made aware that this risk was entailed by membership - but I can recall nothing else, no title, none of the actors involved - just the details in one-sentence description.  

I probably saw the film in the mid-late 1960s or early 1970s, as a rerun shown on TV in the UK - but it might have been made even in the late 1940s or the 1950s. I'm fairly sure it was post WWII.

I watch quite a lot of films but have never seen this rerun since.

It could well have been a "B" Movie (i.e. from the days when cinema programmes usually involved two films, with a cheaper B-movie shown before the main film.
asked Jan 22, 2017 in Name That Movie by iSeeker (13 points)
Thank you so much for identifying the film. I'm virtually certain that's the one I was asking about - and I'm pleased to learn that it was a Frankenheimer film. I was probably too young at the time to recognise Rock Hudson as one of the actors involved.

I'll have to see if it's available through Netflix. Ah! Found a full copy on YouTube - uploaded last year, so maybe it's out of copyright by now.
JanosProhaska, you can submit it as the official answer.
Thanks, casspir - I will acknowledge Janos if he submits it as you advise.

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answered Jan 23, 2017 by JanosProhaska (1,515 points)
selected Jan 23, 2017 by iSeeker