Crime of Passion

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Married to a low-level police detective (Sterling Hayden), a domineering newspaper columnist (Barbara Stanwyck) decides to cheat and steal her way to the top by increasing her husband's chances for promotion.

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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 (4)

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

May 1, 2006

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

Jul 25, 2001 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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
Stella Dallas

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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
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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Considering the cast, Crime of Passion should've been so much better. A melodramatic attempt at film noir during its death throes Stanwyck plays a driven career woman turned housewife who can't take the mediocrity and boredom of suburban life. For the most part her talent is wasted but the more tragic waste of talent comes from Sterling Hayden as her dopey and unambitious detective husband. There were a few great scenes, but beyond Hayden kicking Royal Dano's ass there's really not a hell of a lot to write home about here.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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