On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.
On trial for murder, Larry Ballentine regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders with other women while his rich, loving wife Greta 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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Larry's $500 per month rent would equate to $5,740 per month in 2017. And the $25,000 Larry takes out of the joint checking account would equal $287,000 in 2017. See more »
At one of the cuts between shots when Greta is helping pack Larry's suitcase for his trip to Montreal, the suitcase changes from open to closed and Greta's position changes from hands resting on the suitcase to arms crossed. See more »
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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