Daisy Kenyon (1947)
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as Dan O'Mara
as Peter Lapham
as Lucille O'Mara
as Mary Angelus
as Marie O'Mara
as Lucile's Attorney
as Dan's Attorney
as Telephone Operator
as Cab Driver
as Cab Driver
as Man in Restaurant
as Mrs. Ames
as Mr. Ames
as Cab Driver
as Hotel Captain
Critic Reviews for Daisy Kenyon
A scrupulously cooled romance and a portrait of a postwar nation, but first and foremost a fluid chart of thorny personal spaces brushing against each other
Fairly recently, Otto Preminger's Daisy Kenyon has been starting to get some of the acclaim and attention it deserves.
Though one of Preminger's weaker films, it's still interesting to watch as a sampler of the woman's picture and star vehicle for Joan Crwaford.
Audience Reviews for Daisy Kenyon
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.
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.
Daisy Kenyon is to film noir what The Wizard of Oz 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.
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