The Woman on the Beach (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Woman on the Beach (1947)





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A WWII Coast Guard veteran, Lt. Scott Burnett (Robert Ryan), is plagued by nightmares of his combat days. One day, he meets a woman, Peggy Butler (Joan Bennett), walking on a beach, picking up pieces of wood. Butler is married to a grumpy, blind painter, Ted Butler (Charles Bickford). Despite his affections for his fiancée Eve (Nan Leslie), whose father is a boat builder, Scott falls in love with Peggy and soon breaks off the engagement. Peggy reveals that she blinded her husband years earlier by throwing a glass at him during an ugly spat, ruining his career and her own ambitions to be an upper-class socialite. Scott fears that Ted is suspicious that he is having an affair with Peggy and becomes so paranoid that he begins to believe that Ted is faking his blindness -- and sets out to prove it. This was the fifth and final American film by the great French writer-director Jean Renoir. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi


Walter Sande
as Otto Wernecke
Irene Ryan
as Mrs. Wernecke
Hugh Chapman
as Young Fisherman
Carl Faulkner
as Old Fisherman
Harry Harvey
as Dr. Smith
Bill Shannon
as Blacksmith
Nancy Saunders
as Girls at Party
John Elliott
as Old Workman
Martha Hyers
as Mrs. Barton
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Critic Reviews for The Woman on the Beach

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The filmmaker, living in California in self-imposed exile from France, cuts loose with vicious moods and creative rages that feel like the destruction of an old world and the violent birth of new possibilities.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Renoir's expert framing and intuitive direction bring out the vivid emotions of this setup. For such a thin film, the result packs a potent punch.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

One can only imagine how the pic would have looked without RKO interference.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
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