The definitive proof of Mankiewicz's talents as both a visionary director and prolific screenwriter was a "Hollywood" film. It was a Zanuck production with one of the brightest stars to have ever graced the Industry. One might now understand why this forgotten masterpiece is, now more than ever, a devastating example of what Hollywood cinema evolved to: brainless scripts, poor performances and dumb entertainment.
Mankiewicz's forgotten masterpiece as well as Cary Grant's finest performance. This movie defies any broad categorization, and feels immediate wherein many films of its era have aged horrendously. Touching on risque issues (pregnancy out of wedlock, a man buried alive) this film was ahead of its time. While usually overtly stylized, Grant is a zen master here, full of gravitas in his most grounded and endearing role
A forgotten Hollywood gem. A real "unique" old school film with an uncoventional story, as Hollywood generally stayed away from single mother storylines back then. Crain is marvelous, in what is probably her best perf. since her great work in Leave Her To Heaven opposite Tierney. Grant gives an understated perf. similar to his work in The Bishop's Wife. Great follow up to All About Eve for Mank. A classic for sure.