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Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
Marcia Davenport (novel)
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Release Date:
4 September 1950 (Sweden) See more »
I was married to a man other women pursued!
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Jessie Bourne

James Mason ... Brandon Bourne

Van Heflin ... Mark Dwyer

Ava Gardner ... Isabel Lorrison

Cyd Charisse ... Rosa Senta

Nancy Reagan ... Helen Lee (as Nancy Davis)

Gale Sondergaard ... Nora Kernan

William Conrad ... Lt. Jacobi
Raymond Greenleaf ... Horace Elcott Howland
Douglas Kennedy ... Alec Dawning
Beverly Michaels ... Felice Backett

William Frawley ... Bill the Bartender
Lisa Golm ... Josephine
Tom Powers ... Owen Lee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Model (uncredited)

Mimi Aguglia ... Grandma Senta (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Interne (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... Redcap at Airport (uncredited)
Lee Anderson ... Lee Party Guest / Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Jean Andren ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Model / Lee Party Guest (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... Model (uncredited)
Wesley Bly ... Club Attendant (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Rosa's Grandma Sistina (uncredited)
Rosalee Calvert ... Model (uncredited)
Bob Canto ... Sistina Son (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Charlie, the Doorman (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Detective (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Dan, the Old Policeman (uncredited)
Geraldine Farmer ... Lee Party Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ... Model (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... First Doorman (uncredited)
Suzette Harper ... Maid (uncredited)
Fred Hoose ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
Jimmy Horne ... Lee Party Guest (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Model (as Betty Jane Howarth) (uncredited)
Jimmy Kelly ... Detective (uncredited)
Meredith Leeds ... Lee Party Guest (uncredited)
Lou Lubin ... Chuck Snyder (uncredited)
Rita Lynn ... Sistina Wife (uncredited)
Dwight Martin ... Detective (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Cop (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ... Cop (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Del Rio Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Wino (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
Grazia Narciso ... Mrs. Sistina (uncredited)
Stanley Orr ... Bourne Chauffeur (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Norman Rainey ... Butler (uncredited)
Paula Raymond ... Joan Peterson, Bourne's secretary (uncredited)
Maria Reachi ... Lee Party Guest (uncredited)
Jewel Rose ... Del Rio Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Detective (uncredited)

Vito Scotti ... Sistina Son (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Detective (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Mr. Sistina (uncredited)
Stella Soldi ... Sistina Wife (uncredited)
Sandra Spence ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Nick Stewart ... Red Cap (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Fred the Doorman (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Detective (uncredited)
Betty Taylor ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
Peter M. Thompson ... Jock Ardley (uncredited)
Stanley Waxman ... John, The Del Rio Headwaiter (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Hannah, Nora's Maid (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Frank Belmar (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Detective (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)

Marcia Davenport (novel)

Produced by
Voldemar Vetluguin .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Betty Pedretti .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard W. Koch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
A.N. Fenton .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costumes: women
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #14126)

Did You Know?

Gale Sondergaard, who plays Barbara Stanwyck's mother in this film, was 50 years old when it was produced. Stanwyck was 42.See more »
Brandon Bourne:You're spoiling what was a beautiful memory, Isobel. I don't remember you as being this cheap.
Isabel Lorrison:[Seductively] I always was... That's what you like.
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26 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Stanwyck and Gardner duke it out over James Mason, 10 March 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Two of Marcia Davenport's books - "Valley of Decision" and "East Side, West Side" have been adapted for the screen, neither with resounding success. The Greer Garson-Gregory Peck "Valley of Decision" only used half of the book - risky, since it was a huge best-seller. "East Side, West Side," which stars Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, James Mason, and Van Heflin, also leaves out valuable source material. The result is part melodrama/part murder mystery, with mixed results.

Stanwyck and Mason star as married couple Jessie and Brandon, and at the beginning of the film, despite a lovey-dovey scene in a taxicab, we can see what the problem is. He goes to a bar and seems to be trying to pick up Rosa (Cyd Charisse). When his picture makes the front page the next day for being in a bar fight, Rosa explains the situation to Jessie and the two become friends. She introduces Jessie to the man she loves, Mark Dwyer, and it's obvious from the beginning that he's attracted to Jessie. He's known Rosa since she was a child, doesn't have romantic feelings for her, and the two part friends. Jessie, however, wants her husband, and is panicked when she learns that the woman who nearly ruined their marriage, Isabel (Ava Gardner) is back in town. Brandon is obsessed with her - and Isabel knows it.

Heflin and Stanwyck make a great pair, and the audience wants them together right away. Mason exhibits no emotion throughout. Gale Sondergaard is excellent as Stanwyck's mother, though one wonders about the casting as she was only a few years older than Stanwyck. One comment stated that Stanwyck was too old for her role; I actually think Sondergaard was too young, as Mason, Heflin, and Stanwyck were within a few years of one another. One bit of casting that is interesting is Charisse, as she bore a resemblance to Gardner, so the initial attraction Mason has for Rosa bears out his obsession with Isabel.

Gardner provides all the excitement in "East Side, West Side" as a purely sexual being who lives off of men and enjoys exerting her power over them. She's absolutely gorgeous and just about burns a hole in the film with her steamy performance. Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner were unique screen goddesses who had the whole package - beauty, body, voice, and an erotic sensuality.

Stanwyck is sympathetic in a familiar role for her, and Heflin's energetic performance is juxtaposed against Mason's, making one wonder why Stanwyck is wasting her time. Hollywood seemed to want to make Marcia Davenport's rich novels into ordinary screen stories. It succeeded.

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