Daisy Kenyon

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Daisy Kenyon (Joan Crawford) is an artist living in Manhattan. She is in love with Dan (Dana Andrews), a busy lawyer who is unhappily married to the volatile Lucille (Ruth Warrick). While Daisy waits for Dan to get a divorce, she begins seeing Peter (Henry Fonda), a veteran recently returned from World War II. After Dan leaves town for a few weeks to defend a dispossessed Japanese-American, Daisy impetuously marries Peter. When Dan returns, the complicated affairs become even more tangled.

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  • Jan 26, 2013
    My God, there's another one. Another wonderful Joan Crawford movie that has been completely forgotten. I've lost count now of how many I have found. "Daisy Kenyon" from director Otto Preminger may have a bad title, but it's an interesting film. It's a serious drama looking at the complexities of the human heart. Crawford plays a woman in love with a married man (Dana Andrews). Whereas most 1940s films took a melodramatic approach to this subject matter, "Daisy" never becomes a weepie. It looks relatively deeply into its characters to examine their struggles. It wrestles in a very adult way with the complexities of imperfect marriages. Made just after World War II, the film includes Henry Fonda as a somewhat shell-shocked vet trying to reintegrate into domestic life, feeling just a bit off-kilter. Fonda's lonely, disoriented character provides wonderful added dimensions that compassionately consider the plight of a million young men trying to deal with inner demons while acting as normal as possible. Why has a movie with so much intelligence and heart been so forgotten? I suspect that that "Mommie Dearest" thing did irrevocable damage to Crawford's reputation. Americans can't see her anymore without thinking of that. It's too bad. She may have been a monster at home. But she had an extraordinary movie career and made a stunning array of films that were wonderful.
    William D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A pretty good romantic drama with a good cast, but it could be better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    <i>Daisy Kenyon</i> is to film noir what <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> is to horror films. Sure, there are some noirish elements, but this is far more about sin than it is about crime. This is about two bulls (Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda) posturing for a battle over a cow (guess who?). And for what? The winner gets to sleep with Joan Crawford??? That's the big grand prize??? Personally, I'd rather share a sleeping bag with Truman Capote.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2008
    Average drama with Joan emoting all over the place, Andrews and Fonda are an interesting contrast. One of the last times Crawford played a feminine character without the veneer of tough ballbuster that became her stock in trade as she aged.
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