The Reckless Moment (1949)

“It was my way of doing something that made everything wrong!” – Lucia

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After finding her teenage daughter’s boyfriend dead outside their lake house, a housewife hides the body in order to keep the secret.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never heard of until fellow blogger Howard of Howard Casner used it as one of three suggestions for my upcoming Movies From the Hat series.

In the end, he chose another film for that series, but this one still sounded fascinating, so I decided to watch it.

This is a really interesting film noir that takes a normal housewife and in trying to protect her daughter from entering a dangerous crime world, she ends up getting herself deeper and deeper into that very world.

The story contains lots of surprises along the way that help keep things engaging.

The cast is also great with both Joan Bennett and James Mason doing great jobs with their roles.

I really liked the homely feeling that Bennett gives off which allows us to continue to sympathize with her no matter what she does.

The story itself remains interesting throughout even as the story continues to get more and more complicated as it moves along.

The fact that this is a relatively short film works to its advantage and it feels as if they chose the perfect length of 78 minutes so that there is never any lulls in the story.

This isn’t a perfect film, but it is quite enjoyable to watch it all unfold.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film noir that constantly surprises. Bennett and Mason are both great here and its easy to sympathize with the character as she gets herself deeper and deeper into a sinister world that she is trying to protect her daughter from getting involved in. The story stays interesting the whole time as things get more and more complex. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Walter Wanger, who produced “Reckless Moment”, and Joan Bennett were married from 1940 until 1965. In 1951 Wanger shot Bennett’s agent, Jennings Lang, apparently based on the assumption of a romantic involvement between the two. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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3 thoughts on “The Reckless Moment (1949)

  1. I’m glad you liked it. It was remade, excellently I think, as The Deep End with Tilda Swinton, changing the daughter to a gay son. As for Joan Bennett and Walter Wanger, they would borrow an apartment of Wanger’s friend for their tryst. When Billy Wilder heard about this, he began to wonder about the friend who lent the apartment and we get The Apartment.

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    • Thats quite interesting. Tnx Howard. I actually always believed that the idea for The Apartment (one of my faves) was from Brief Encounter (1945).

      Ill now also have to check out the Deep End.



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