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On trial for murder, Larry Ballantyne regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders to other women while his rich loving wife Gretta tries to keep him in line. According to Larry, his girlfriend Verna dies accidentally in a car crash and his distraught wife tosses herself over a cliff after he runs out on her. The jury has a tough decision on this one. Written by
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Entertaining film noir with a miscast Robert Young...
The philandering anti-hero of this film noir is Mr. Nice Guy (Robert Young) who has trouble deciding which beautiful dame to deceive: Rita Johnson, Susan Hayward or Jane Greer--so he plays mind games with the three of them and gets into all sorts of trouble in true film noir fashion. Only trouble is Robert Young is woefully miscast as the heel of a husband who can't be faithful to any of these women.
Jane Greer and Susan Hayward are fascinating to watch in subordinate roles but I kept thinking how much better the film would have been with someone like sleepy-eyed Robert Mitchum in the male lead. Young looks almost bored with his role and never manages to make the man's predicament seem real enough.
The contrived ending was no doubt necessary to satisfy production code requirements or something--but it does provide a bit of a surprise even if it is rather a letdown. Fairly interesting but not one of the great film noirs.
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