The murder of gangster Nick Prenta touches off an investigation of mysterious socialite Lorna Hansen Forbes, who seems to have no past, and has now disappeared. In flashback, we see the woman's anonymous roots; her poor working-class marriage, which ends in tragedy and her determination to find "better things." Soon finding that sex appeal is her only salable commodity, she climbs from man to man toward the center of a nationwide crime syndicate...a very perilous position. Written by
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When Ethel Whitehead first sees Martin Blankford working in the office of her firm, there is a photo of a building behind his desk. That building is the original Phalen Building which stood at the corner of Market Street and O'Farrell Streets in San Francisco. The photo taken in about 1890. It was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. A larger and more impressive Phalen Building was constructed on the same site, which is now a historic landmark. See more »
[Ethel and George kiss]
You're asking for trouble, aren't you?
I never got anything yet worthwhile, without trouble. Only don't take this for anything more than it's worth.
It might be worth more than you think.
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This is a terrific film. It was very intelligently written and deserves more attention as one of the better Film Noir pieces (though you don't typically think of Joan Crawford as a Noir actress). Its cynical view of life, snappy dialog and betrayals make it a must see for buffs of this genre.
The only problem, and for me it's a serious one, is Ms. Crawford. While her performance is good, she was all wrong for the part due to her age. She was 46 years-old yet plays a sexy siren that men would die for,...and in one case, the guy is probably half her age. Joan played a lot of roles like this well into her 50s and it just made no sense. A younger actress like Ava Gardner would have been perfect for these roles. So, my advice is try to ignore this problem and enjoy the film anyway--I found that after a while I was able to put it aside and see she still did a good job acting and the film, overall, was exceptional.
The plot involves a woman who is very selfish and wants more out of life, so she leaves her dull husband. She has a very deliberate plan to claw her way to the top and "the top" means being a gangster's girl--but not just any thug, but the BIG CHEESE himself! But, once she's made it, things get complicated. Tune in to see what unfolds--you'll be glad you did.
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