Between preparing for Christmas and paying the bills, blackmail is just another chore. Lucy is a prisoner in a hotel lobby, the post office, a pawn shop, and at home with images of bars and railings forever enclosing her. In trying to help her daughter she only deepens her own troubles. Taken pity on by an outsider who would profit from her misfortune his sacrifice only condemns her for good.
Establishment of a style language, not exactly from a director/author, but of the studios and the industrial production of a certain narrative scheme, the North-American classicism of the 40s. In this "all-powerful" language is constantly lost the idiosyncrasies of more particular authors, like Ophuls, that fulfill with supreme elegance an indistinct exercise of suspense.
A smart and well-crafted suspense melodrama from director Max Ophuls. Boasting strong performances from Joan Bennett and James Mason in a most unusual kind of quasi-romance, it may only be a minor classic, but solid entertainment for fans of classic thrillers.
Interrupted viewing. It's a damn stylish film though, merging European cinema sensibilities with the USA. Effectively, it's a family comedy - with a murder in the background. While performances are great, I was surprised by the fact that there was a love twist, and feel that it was irrelevant. Watch for the family drama - NOT the leading couple. Could this be the most annoying child actor of all time?
A thrilling and offbeat noir with some memorable scenes and standout performances. The threat of a mother's daughter being exposed and implicated in a murder, drives her to desperate measures and growing paranoia at the hands of one man, who is really controlled by another. Blackmail is a dirty game, but in the end it's love that wins out in this wonderful thriller that has a very strong and climactic ending.
Joan Bennett is brilliant, 5 stars for her glasses alone. James Masons teeth are reassuringly wonky.Did they really have candles to light dangerous corners ? They should bring that back it clearly doesn't work.
Anodyne noir that leaves the viewer with more questions than answers, questions that are not chased in a hurry anyway. Characters' actions and motives are questionable from the very beginning and from that cornerstone on the viewer is soon lost for good, rummaging inside the popcorn bag, looking for loose change under the cushions, drowsily having another look at the watch.