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The Unfaithful (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  5 June 1947 (USA)
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Chris Hunter kills an intruder and tells her husband and lawyer it was an act of self-defense. It's later revealed that he was actually her lover and she had posed for an incriminating ... See full summary »

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Zachary Scott ...
Bob Hunter
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Paula
Jerome Cowan ...
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Steven Geray ...
Martin Barrow
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Det. Lt. Reynolds
Peggy Knudsen ...
Claire
Marta Mitrovich ...
Mrs. Tanner
Douglas Kennedy ...
Roger
Claire Meade ...
Martha
Frances Morris ...
Agnes
Jane Harker ...
Joan
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Chris Hunter kills an intruder and tells her husband and lawyer it was an act of self-defense. It's later revealed that he was actually her lover and she had posed for an incriminating statue he created. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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It's So Easy To Cry 'SHAME'!


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The original Broadway production of "The Letter" (and adapted for this film) by W. Somerset Maugham opened at the Morosco Theater on September 26, 1927 and ran for 104 performances. See more »

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Version of Producers' Showcase: The Letter (1956) See more »

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Deep Night
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Music by Charles Henderson
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An A Picture With The Look Of A B
18 March 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

And that is a compliment for a film noir.

This is a strange movie, both daring in its subject matter and shackled by the censors. So a sculptor did a head of Ann Sheridan while hubby Zachary Scott was away in the war. Surely this ought to have been a full nude.

Still, it captures the frustration of someone left alone for a long period (Sheridan), the anger of the person who expected her to be a dutiful Penelope, and most especially the nature of gossip when such things occur: Eve Arden is splendid as the leader of a fancy gang of cats, who regularly shuck their own husbands (courtesy of protagonist Ayres, a lawyer) and click their tongues at Sheridan.

The strange thing is that, though the sets are attractive, the crowd scenes plausible and well shot on Southern California streets, two of the stars and maybe more look worn out and bedraggled: Sheridan, though a sympathetic character, wears unflattering makeup that gives her a harsh look and Ayres looks puffy and tired.

This is a variation on the far better known "The Letter," a movie I respect for its craft but that I have never cared for. "The Unfaithful" is a more fully realized entertainment, though perhaps less elegant and stylized than its predecessor "The Letter."


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