Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather-noisy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. Two days later, she awakens in a different house in different clothes and with a new identity.
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Solid B-movie psycho-thriller from director Joseph H. Lewis. Taut and sharply-crafted, Lewis once again manages some effective atmosphere on a low budget. Nina Foch is a bit over the top in the lead, but Dame May Whitty and George Macready are effective villains. Hard to find, but worth seeking out for fans of classic thrillers.
Nina Foch is great as Julia Ross but Dame May Whitty steals all of her scenes in this interesting noir with a fabulous edgy atmosphere. There are a couple of plot inconsistencies that should have been ironed out before filming commenced but this is still very well worth watching.
In a time where so many formless films come out, this classy noir shows what stagging means. Joseph Lewis often directed small budget features with simple ideas but there is something efficient and here somehow baroque about his cinema. The story might remind you a bit Du Maurier's "Rebecca". Forgotten, this movie deserves better than much of the B production you can find. It has a touch of Tourneur, of originality.