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½ February 4, 2017
I really liked this movie. Deceitful Joan Fontaine. Cynical, jaded Robert Ryan. People reader Mel Ferrero.
May 5, 2015
Good cast is wasted in a typical "grasping woman" story.
June 26, 2013
Joan Fontaine is able to shine as the femme-fatale tearing up high society in the Bay Area. She is not a likeable character, but has plenty of drive.
Super Reviewer
½ June 26, 2013
Joan is in her viper mode here and the film is enjoyable but the ending is a letdown.
April 23, 2013
Fontaine gives a lesson in social-climbing--A Budding Vamp!!
October 7, 2010
Low-rent [i]All About Eve[/i], but it's not really fair to compare it to one of the greatest films ever made - especially since it came out in the same year. [i]Closer[/i] also came to mind. Fontaine is quite good, as is Robert Ryan, but the real star of the show is Mel Ferrer - he steals every scene. Which is surprising, since I've never known him to have scene-stealing capabilities. Quite a solid film.
½ December 28, 2009
This is a good, sexy movie because of Joan Fontaine and her two beaus, leading actors: Zachary Scott and Robert Ryan. Robert Ryan matches Joan Fontaine with zest and sexy talk. It's fun to watch! This movie delivers! Women (myself included) will love this movie as a late Saturday night movie.
½ December 13, 2009
Nicholas Ray directed this mostly compelling melodrama. It's hokey and over the top at times, with its quirky one-liners and swelling music score - but there are some strong old-fashioned performances and an engrossing story and characters. Unfortunately, it does loose steam in the last act which makes it drag on a bit too long. Entertaining, but not quite memorable enough to be a classic.
August 25, 2008
A lively, highly watchable melodrama of the period with the lovely Joan Fontaine manipulating her way into a wealthy marriage while still sleeping around with bad boy Robert Ryan. Fonatine makes an excellent femme fatale in this unusual combination of women's picture and film noir.
½ March 17, 2008
The title gives expectations of a gritty noir, and while it turns out to be more of a light drama, it is still a well-made and acted film.
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