The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Romance  |  2 June 1947 (USA)
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A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.



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Scott, a troubled Coast Guardsman assigned to a fog-bound station on a remote stretch of beach, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress when he survives a mine explosion that sinks his ship. Although he is engaged to a beautiful young woman who loves him, he becomes involved with an enigmatic femme fatale whom he meets near the beached wreckage of a torpedoed ship. She is married to a renowned painter who was blinded in a traumatic, but mysterious incident, details of which are very hazy. Although they only live in a small cottage, the couple have an ambivalent relationship especially in regards to his priceless cache of unsold paintings, a relationship that evolves into a romantic triangle as Scott falls under her seductive spell. Written by

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Release Date:

2 June 1947 (USA)  »

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Desirable Woman  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peggy says her husband's "optic nerve was cut," which is why he's blind. But, although she refers to the optic nerve in the singular, people have two optic nerves, one for each eye. See more »


Scott: You know I don't understand much about painting.
Tod: There's nothing much to understand. It hasn't anything to do with the brain. It's the eye. A painting's like a woman. She either thrills you or she doesn't.
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During the opening credits, the waves wash away one set of names before the next set is displayed. See more »


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Interesting Melodrama That Never Quite Catches Fire
17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jean Renoir was a fascinating director, but this one has holes in it, despite a classic "beach" mood. Robert Ryan, one of our most underrated actors, looks perfect but seems miscast in this one. Joan Bennett (I've never quite gotten her appeal) seems lost, although she was perfect in the two Fritz Lang films (Scarlett Street & Woman in the Window). Best performance = Charles Bickford as the blind painter-husband. I know there were problems with editing this at the time, but I kept hoping for more.

A 6 out of 10. Too much blasting music, but great cinematography. Irene Ryan (Granny Clampett) has a supporting role, and I believe this is the first film I've seen her in. A great director, but I just couldn't grab onto this film.

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