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Julie (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 October 1956 (USA)
A terrified wife tries to escape from her insanely jealous husband who is bent on killing her.

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Julie Benton
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Lyle Benton
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Cliff Henderson
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Det. Lt. Pringle
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Jack (co-pilot)
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Valerie
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Doctor on Flight 36
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Det. Mace
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Det. Sgt. Cole
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Airport control tower official
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Ellis
Ed Hinton ...
Captain of Flight 36
Harlan Warde ...
Det. Pope
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Denise Martin
Eddie Marr ...
Airline Official
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Storyline

Her new husband's behaviour convinces Julie Benton that his jealousy is dangerous, and when he admits he killed her first husband she realises she has to get away. A long-time friend helps all he can, but even in a town the size of San Francisco, Benton seems able to track them down. The police can do nothing despite a death threat, so the next move is up to Julie. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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BRIDAL NIGHT FRIGHT! This is Doris Day as the frightened Julie who discovers on her honeymoon that her husband is a killer - and SHE is next! See more »


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17 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Mord in den Wolken  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane was a Douglas DC-4, not a DC-6 as reported above. The DC-4 has round windows, as in the movie, and the DC-6 has square windows. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Julie is constantly turning the steering wheel, even when the rear projection shows the car to be moving in a straight line. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Julie
by Leith Stevens and Tom Adair
Sung by Doris Day (uncredited) over main titles
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Provides realism as well as suspense.
15 November 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The writer-director (and producer of many other films, although not this one) Andrew L. Stone was only nominated once for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and he was very proud of this one. I worked for Stone in the mid-1970's, and he looked back at "JULIE" as a piece of his finest work.

The maniacal husband-as-stalker was a new kind of character for films in 1956. The honest discussion of how law enforcement often failed 'women in jeopardy' brought up issues which only became widely discussed in the 1970's.

Doris Day plays the role of a terrorized wife trying to escape from the husband who is trying to kill her, and this is such a well-done treatment of the subject that even jaded audiences today respond to it.

The climactic scene in which Doris Day lands the passenger plane with help from the control tower is riveting, because it is based on fact. Andrew L. Stone was an exhaustive researcher, and you can be sure every detail of that scene was checked and re-checked. It would have happened in real life just as you see it on the screen.

Stone kept a collection of 'true crime' magazines dating from the 1930's in his office library, and he had dozens of plot ideas for thrillers like this one. However, he had always been his own boss and not a 'studio man'. Hollywood didn't give him big budgets, and he never had the opportunity to continue his career as Hitchcock did. Mentally sharp through his 80's, Stone spent the last decade of his life trying to put deals together to make movies that never got off the ground. Our loss.


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