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Edward G. Robinson,
Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather-noisy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. Two days later, she awakens in a different house in different clothes and with a new identity. She is told she is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Hughes and has suffered a nervous breakdown. She soon learns that the son of Mrs. Hughes, Ralph, has murdered his wife, disposed of her body and, with his mother's help, plans to pass Julia off as his wife. And then plans to eventually kill her and pass it off as a suicide. Written by
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This picture starts off pretty well but quickly tails off into the Predictable Potboiler category. Answering an add from a phony employment agency, Nina Foch (Julia Ross) is kidnapped by a family anxious to find an alibi for unstable George Macready, who has evidently killed his wife. So, she becomes the unwilling stand-in.
A pretty good start, but things go quickly downhill along with viewer interest. The main complaint is that Julia Ross is an extremely passive and helpless kidnap victim, thereby setting the Women's Lib movement back more than half a century. Showing very little gumption or pugnacity, she is easily held back, caught, restrained and forbidden throughout the film and each morning she is shown awaking in her bed, presumably after a good nights sleep. She does a great deal of grousing and complaining but does not show much forethought to or urgency towards escaping - wouldn't that be your main thought in a similar circumstance? Well, as I say the whole movie was a turn off, especially the hilariously contrived ending. Miss Foch did her best with out much to work with, and the support cast, Dame May Witty in particular, was very competent. It is mercifully short at 65", but it's not time well spent.
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