Cinematography by Lucien Ballard. "Desire" list. Beside Clift in "A Place in the Sun", where he and Taylor were at their peak of beauty, Robert Wagner in this film is the the perfect and proper image of an insane and excessive ambition, causing the death of a victim on the way to his social climbing. A beautiful image, it must be added. And also Joanne Woodward's "poesia".
At one point Robert Wagner stands up form a restaurant table, lights a cigarette, has just one puff, then drops it on the floor and stubs it as he walks out. Seriously, who the hell does that? Ever? And what about the poor restauranteur's carpet? BOO to Robert Wagner! BOOOOOO!!!
4.2 Generally underrated. Masterful camerawork and direction and a mean, suspenseful story (especially in the first half) make this a great film. It´s up there with Sirk´s and Hitchcock´s work of the time.