Sheila kills her husband at the start of the film with a smoking gun. We don't know how or why. All we know is men are banging on her door and she escapes. There is a notable dialogue as ...
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Sheila kills her husband at the start of the film with a smoking gun. We don't know how or why. All we know is men are banging on her door and she escapes. There is a notable dialogue as she makes her way to a New Years celebration with Richard Basehart as the poet William William. As she goes up the stairs to John Friday's apartment (her producer) she wishes she could relive the year and undo what she has done. William William, in an offhand remark, states he wishes he was the one who shot Barney, her erstwhile husband. We see that Destiny is not too happy with making changes to her plans. Written by
REPEAT PERFORMANCE remains one of those quasi-forgotten films that were the product of Eagle Lion films. Joan Leslie had been semi-blacklisted by Jack Warner etal because she had sued to exit her Warner Bros. contract. This film marked her entrance into the free-lance market - sadly, at a low-budget studio - and her emergence as a beautiful adult woman in a powerful drama. The cast is remarkable for Eagle-Lion; it includes Louis Hayward as a wayward-drinking-cuckolding husband of a Broadway star (Leslie); Richard Basehart(his first major film and a stellar performance); Virginia Field, Benay Venuta, Tom Conway, and Natalie Schaefer! the film debuted at the beautiful Rivoli Theater on Broadway. Its opening scene is as dynamic as the similar openings in "The Letter" and "Rope". This time, Alfred Werker created the skillful scene which becomes noir-superb in its juxtaposition of murder against a New Year's Eve setting. Leslie not only looks her best...but turns in a whallopping performance that runs a tricky gamut. This film demands restoration. Yes, it is that hypnotic.
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