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The Woman on the Beach
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Director:
Writers:
Frank Davis (screenplay) and
Jean Renoir (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 June 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Go ahead and say it...I'm no good!
Plot:
A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Not top drawer Renoir, but still ahead of its time See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Bennett ... Peggy

Robert Ryan ... Scott

Charles Bickford ... Tod
Nan Leslie ... Eve
Walter Sande ... Otto Wernecke

Irene Ryan ... Mrs. Wernecke
Glen Vernon ... Kirk (as Glenn Vernon)
Frank Darien ... Lars
Jay Norris ... Jimmy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Anderson ... Coast Guardsman (uncredited)
Carl Armstrong ... Lenny (uncredited)
Bonnie Blair ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Hugh Chapman ... Young Fisherman (uncredited)
Kay Christopher ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Maria Dodd ... Nurse Jennings (uncredited)
Carol Donell ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Old Workman (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Old Fisherman (uncredited)
Donald Gordon ... Donnie (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Dr. Smith (uncredited)

Martha Hyer ... Mrs. Barton (uncredited)
Jackie Jackson ... Johnnie (uncredited)
Drew Miller ... Coast Guardsman (uncredited)
Nancy Saunders ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Robert Seiter ... Coast Guardsman (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ... Blacksmith (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
Frank Davis (screenplay) and
Jean Renoir (screenplay)

J.R. Michael Hogan (adaptation) (as Michael Hogan)

Mitchell Wilson (novel "None So Blind")

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer
Will Price .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Hanns Eisler 
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Harry J. Wild (director of photography) (as Harry Wild)
 
Film Editing by
Lyle Boyer 
Roland Gross 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
John Sturtevant 
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director (as James Casey)
John Pommer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Jean L. Speak .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Harold Palmer .... montage
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Charles H. Gardiner .... technical advisor (as Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Gardiner)
Paula Walling .... dialogue director
Leonard Shannon .... unit publicity writer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 (1971) | Finland:K-16 (1948) | Iceland:L | USA:Approved (PCA #11450, Adult Audience)

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Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Scott:[Admiring the paintings] These must be worth a fortune now that you're...
[Scott hesitates to say 'blind.']
Tod:Since you're convinced I'm blind, go ahead... say it, but you're right. Now that I can't paint anymore, this stuff of mine gets more valuable every day. There's an old saying in my trade: a man never gets rich until he's dead. I assure you a blind painter's just the same as a dead man.
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Not top drawer Renoir, but still ahead of its time, 11 December 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

The Woman On the Beach isn't top drawer Jean Renoir, but his near-noir psychodrama has much to recommend it despite the inevitable tinkering at the hands of RKO. There's some striking imagery and design (not least the shipwreck on the beach where the illicit lovers meet) and Robert Ryan gives a strong performance as the vulnerable lead despite having the odd line of inane on the nose dialogue like "Let's face it, I'm not well!" – but then, this is a character haunted by nightmares of romantic liaisons at the bottom of the sea amid the skeletons of his drowned shipmates. And that's before he gets reluctantly drawn into Joan Bennett and her blind artist husband Charles Bickford's marital problems. Not that Ryan, falling for Bennett despite the fact that her vocal delivery often turns into a deadening drone, believes Bickford's blind, and it's not long before trying to prove it by taking him for a walk along the edge of a cliff… It's hard not to see this as a major influence on Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon, so perverse is the couple's relationship of mutual dependency and loathing, although at heart it's about the need to burn the ghosts of the past, whether it be driftwood from a sunken ship or something more personally damaging. The ending is either brilliant or disappointing, and you probably still won't know which after seeing the film.

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