Crime of Passion (1957)

Crime of Passion





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Movie Info

Kathy Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) is a cynical newspaper columnist in San Francisco, handling women's advice -- by chance one day, the paper's city editor assigns her to cover the woman's angle on the arrival of a pair of L.A. police detectives, Capt. Manny Alidos (Royal Dano) and Lt. Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden), on the hunt for a murder suspect known to be hiding somewhere in the city. They're both pretty button-down types and seem like fish-out-of-water in the more easy-going Frisco, and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Eisinger, Joe Eisinger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
United Artists



as Kathy Ferguson Doyle

as Lt. Bill Doyle

as Inspector Anthony Po...

as Alice Pope

as Alidos

as Detective Jules

as Detective James

as Nalence

as Officer Spitz

as Chief of Police

as Detective Johns

as Det. Jones

as Detective Jones

as Reporter

as Mrs. Jules

as Mrs. James

as Mrs. Johns

as Mrs. Jones

as Delivery Boy

as Delivery Boy

as Lab Technician

as Justice of the Peace

as Newspaper Reader

as Mrs. London
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Critic Reviews for Crime of Passion

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This overlooked, subversive movie has a strong feminist message and an even stronger Stanwyck performance.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

A so-so noir melodrama, that can't overcome its limited script.

Full Review… | July 25, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Crime of Passion


proto-feminist noir with a fantastic stanwyck performance. an ambitious reporter falls for a cop and moves to the suburbs, which soon become her worst nightmare as she sublimates her ambition to further her husband's career. cuz that's what good 50s wives do, right? clever script lacerates the american dream

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


I really liked this movie, Stanwyck was the perfect choice. The only problem is that you can see where the movie is heading pretty quick.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Barbara wraps this one up with gusto. Hayden is his usual lump of inertia but Missy pushes him right out of her way to hit us full boar with her visceral intensity. There are a few performers who have brief moments but once Barbara takes center stage they don't stand a chance.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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