When a drifter falls for an ambitious waitress at a roadside cafe, he tricks a local heiress into marrying him, intending to take her money and run away with Darnell — but his plans are soon complicated by an unexpected turn of events.
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Indispensable Film Noir for the connoisseur. One year after LAURA, Otto Preminger tells us once more the story of a woman adulated by all the men she meets. A fabulous shot: during their honeymoon in San Francisco, Alice Faye and Dana Andrews sleep in the same bed (all dressed up of course thanks to the Hays code) and the camera lingers on the window through which we see half of the sign HOTel. Mythical.
Alice Fay was understandably upset when they cut out many of her scenes, including a song. They did it to give Linda Darnell a bigger role. I think it probably made it a better movie, because it highlighted the good girl/bad girl dynamic. She quit 20th Century Fox after seeing the movie.
Linda Darnell shines in this, much like Tierney did in the similarly Preminger helmed Laura. Andrews relishes every bit of dialogue, adding twists of cynicism and world-weariness to his role. Bickford is great as usual, solid actor for decades. One can't help feel a bit sorry for Faye, as many scenes wound up on cutting room floor (her leaving show biz for a time as result), but it made for a better film. 4 stars