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The Reckless Moment (1949) Poster

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James Mason said that when Columbia refused to director Max Ophüls the permission to light simultaneously two large and separate sets, to allow a long dolly shot from one place to the other, he thought that "Ophuls could not smile anymore from this day."
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Walter Wanger, who produced "Reckless Moment", and Joan Bennett were married from 1940 until 1965. In 1951 Wanger shot Bennett's agent, Jennings Lang, apparently based on the assumption of a romantic involvement between the two.
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The Balboa Island Car Ferry, used by Joan Bennett and James Mason, still travels the 1000 feet distance between Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula.
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In the trivia item above, it says that Ophüls' name was really "Oppenheim." Interestingly enough, that name is mentioned in the film. It's the name of a loan officer at a finance company.
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For this movie and others made in Hollywood, the director is listed as "Opuls"; however, for his movies made in Europe the name is "Ophuls". His name at birth is Oppenheimer.
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Last U.S. film of German director Max Ophüls.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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British actor James Mason's third U.S. film.
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional.
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