Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An innocent ambulance driver in drawn into a web of deception when he falls in love with an heiress.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Otto Preminger’s work as both a director and a sometimes actor.
This is a film that I came across by accident and as soon as I saw that this was directed by Preminger, I was quite interested in seeing what it was all about.
The premise of the film is quite intriguing and in lesser hands would fall very flat, but Preminger odes a nice job allowing us to see much of what is happening but at the same time, disguising other scenes in a way that keep things ambiguous and thrilling since we aren’t always sure where things are going.
Robert Mitchum is nice in the lead here even if he plays his character in much more subtle way than in some of his more famous roles.
Jean Simmons is the true star of this movie and plays her part so well that we never quite know what her character will say or do as things move along.
The way that the character is presented makes us constantly wonder whether she is being sincere or deceptive in her actions and that helps raise the level of suspense as the story gets deeper and deeper.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope. Mitchum is fine in the lead even if his character is a bit more subtle than we are use to seeing him in. Simmons is actually the best character in this film because we are never quite sure if she is being sincere or deceptive in all that she does. Preminger is a great director and allows us to see so much while also disguising other scenes in a very enjoyable way that helps keep things quite suspenseful and thrilling all the way through. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At first Otto Preminger refused to direct this movie, because he hated the script. The normally reclusive Howard Hughes personally picked up Preminger in his car and persuaded him to make the movie. “I’m going to get even with that little bitch,” Hughes told Preminger, referring to Jean Simmons, “and you’re going to help me.” He gave Preminger permission to rewrite the script, and promised him a bonus if he could finish the picture in 18 days. By that time Simmons’ contract with Hughes would have expired. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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