Classic. The four leads are all superb: Kirk Douglas is brilliant in his first role, Van Heflin spot on as always, and Stanwyck is, as always, incredible - the nuance of expression, the steeliness combined with traces of vulnerability. And Elizabeth Scott is gorgeous and plays the role of a noir's "second dame" perfectly. The story is tight, the drama rolls along with a powerful logic. Great.
Not one of the best noir films, but watchable and though Stanwyck is great, she doesn't really carry the film.; Van Heflin and Lizabeth Scott have most of the lines. Of interest to noir enthusiasts, if only for the photography.
It sucked being a woman back then. "Go ahead and beat me, Sam. I deserve it". Men cannot express their emotions with words, so they use their fists. A man gets beat up, but shakes it off. It sucked being a man back then. If you weren't a bully then you were a coward. A man grabs what he wants, and the woman complies. It sucked being a woman back then. Of course some people still define themselves that way.
Stanwyck is at her most despicable in this well told film noir that finds her a rich factory owner married to the local D.A. when the one other man who may know how she got her fortune returns to town. Van Heflin and Stanwyck are reason enough to watch but you also get Kirk Douglas in his film debut in the kind of role he would never be known for...a patsy.
Sporting enough twists to break your neck if you're not careful -- not to mention a performance from Lizabeth Scott so sultry and sinuous that it all but steals the show from the top-billed fatal femme, an ice-blooded Barbara Stanwyck -- TSLoMI is a weird but winning generic hybrid about the persistence of the past and the permanence of character. Kirk Douglas as a spineless weasel is unbelievable but irresistible.
Strong film noir melodrama from director Lewis Milestone. The performances are surprisingly uneven, but it's hard not to get caught up in the twisting plot, soapy though it may be, and moody atmosphere. A must for film noir fans.