3.2 Another well directed, fast-paced film by Gerd Oswald. Stanwyck´s character motivation is not always well explained. Her firm beliefs change within seconds and her behavior is not always plausible. Those sociable suburban scenes are the highlight: film noir meets the suffocating atmosphere of Sirk´s All That Heaven Allows.
With a stellar cast like this, I anticipated a first class noir. The plot, however, is too silly for words. I knew from the early scenes exactly how the movie was going to unfold and why. The star power of the 3 leads make this bearable to watch but I'm not anticipating a rerun.
Depressingly dull, considering its cast. A past her prime Stanwyck does what she can with what she's got to work with but Sterling Hayden just gets to play a big dumb hump until the final act. I sympathize with Stanwyck's mediocrity freakout but the decent final 15 minutes do very little to make up for very dullness she railed against.