Crime of Passion

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When newspaper columnist Kathy Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) meets cop Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden), the two quickly hit it off and get married. Kathy gives up her career and heads to Los Angeles with Bill to settle down. The homemaker lifestyle doesn't suit Kathy, however, and she becomes bored with her life and resentful toward Bill because he doesn't share her drive for success. She then secretly decides to make major moves to further Bill's career -- even if it means murdering his rivals.

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Kathy Ferguson Doyle
Sterling Hayden
as Lt. Bill Doyle
Raymond Burr
as Inspector Anthony Pope
Fay Wray
as Alice Pope
Royal Dano
as Alidos
Dennis Cross
as Detective Jules
Robert Griffin
as Detective James
Jay Adler
as Nalence
Malcolm Atterbury
as Officer Spitz
S. John Launer
as Chief of Police
Brad Trumbull
as Detective Johns
Ed McNally
as Detective Jones
Skipper McNally
as Det. Jones
Robert Quarry
as Reporter
Jean Howell
as Mrs. Jules
Peg La Centra
as Mrs. James
Nancy Reynolds
as Mrs. Johns
Marjorie Owens
as Mrs. Jones
Joe Conley
as Delivery Boy
John Conley
as Delivery Boy
Stuart Whitman
as Lab Technician
Geraldine Wall
as Justice of the Peace
Helen Jay
as Newspaper Reader
Gail Bonney
as Mrs. London
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Critic Reviews for Crime of Passion

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Crime of Passion

  • Oct 20, 2012
    Like other forgettable noirs from the 50s, "Crime of Passion" is annoyingly underacted and has a humdrum script. It's well-made and not terribly boring, but I can't recommend it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2012
    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
  • Aug 12, 2009
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2009
    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 D Super Reviewer

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