Leona Stevenson is an alluring, wealthy, and irritating hypochondriac whose psychosomatic illness has her bedridden. Leona’s only lifeline is the telephone, which she uses to excess. One evening, Leona impatiently tries to locate her henpecked husband Henry who is late in coming home.
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Masterful noir by Litvak, who displays his director skills in every sequences. The narrative is ingenious and helps Litvak to show off. The film tells the story of a morbid & psycotic daughter-father relationship. The set plays a key role:Mrs Robinson's room is full of mirrors, while the one of her father is full of stuffed animals. The metaphor is obvious: she is a stuffed animal with identity problems. Dark ending.
Well written thriller, by Lucille Fletcher from her radio play, that serves as another strong showcase for Barbara Stanwyck; in fact an Oscar nominated turn. A little shrill at times but effective with a very solid denouement. Burt Lancaster somewhat wasted here but Ed Begley makes the most of a small part.
Those with inherited wealth believe that everything under the sun belongs to them, including other people. A cracking film noir that uses a chorus of narrators and flashbacks nested within flashbacks to tell a story out of chronological order about wealth disparity and mental manipulation, much like The Locket did two years before. Lucille Fletcher nails the alien quality of a disembodied voice on a phone call.
I have to agree to others here. Stanwyck is outstanding in this, but Lancaster is not even close to his abilities. Camera work and lighting is perfect and the story is well-written. In all it's another great film noir not to be missed.