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... See full summary »
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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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In many ways, this film is very reminiscent of Double Indemnity with Robert Young in the Fred MacMurray role. But unlike Walter Nehf, Larry Ballantine has no femme fatale such as the tantalizing Phyllis Dietrichsen to seduce him into murder. Larry is unscrupulous and feckless, but not evil, and neither are the women with whom he cheats, as played by Susan Hayward and the sensational Jane Greer (Skipper). Wife Rita Johnson, while a bit of a spoiled princess, is certainly not evil either.
The narrative by Young is extremely effective and totally consistent with his character. There also are touches quite reminiscent of another Cain story, The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Anyway, I saw this movie on TV twice after originally seeing it in the theatres as part of a triple feature. I love it as much now as I did then --- it's a real treat.
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