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Crime of Passion (1957)

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Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

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Complete credited cast:
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Police Lt. Bill Doyle
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Police Inspector Anthony (Tony) Pope
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Alice Pope
Virginia Grey ...
Sara Alidos
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Police Capt. Charlie Alidos
Robert Griffin ...
Police Sgt. James
Dennis Cross ...
Police Sgt. Jules
Jay Adler ...
Mr. Nalence
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Laboratory Technician
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Police Officer Spitz
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Sam, Reporter
Gail Bonney ...
Mrs. London
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Delivery Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Merlin ...
Taxi Driver
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Kathy is a smart and tough 1950's advice columnist at a San Francisco newspaper, with her name plastered on billboards all over the city. One day, Bill Doyle, a Los Angeles detective, walks into her office - it is instant attraction. After marrying Bill, Kathy gives up her career and becomes a homemaker. However, she is not your typical 1950's homemaker. After hosting several cocktail parties in their San Fernando Valley home, she realizes that Bill is content with his position, and shows no ambition in furthering himself. Kathy will not sit idly by while everyone around her is "moving up in the world". She personally takes upon herself the task of pushing Bill's career along, even if it comes down to murder. Written by Kelly

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The sin ... the lie ... the crime of passion. See more »


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9 January 1957 (USA)  »

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Da Ambição ao Crime  »

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When Kathy runs her car into a pole she steps in front of the car to inspect the damage. The right front fender that bore the brunt of the impact shows it is still firmly attached. However any trace of the headlight including the hole where it would mount is missing. See more »

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Police Lt. Bill Doyle: [after just being married and arriving at their new home] What do you think of the neighbourhood?
Kathy Ferguson Doyle: Right now I'm not thinking about the neighbourhood.
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Cool little film
25 July 2009 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

This seldom seen film is one of the best Noirs from the 1950s. It never looks down on the audience which is refreshingly different than most films made during that decade. What makes this so good is the believability of the dialogue and the settings. Nothing too glam or too dreary. It's just right.

The actors are all good, with Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr all in top form. The Stanwyck - Hayden pairing is fascinating and it works beautifully. One of the more interesting couples I've seen on screen. Hayden is a great overlooked actor who has amazing screen presence. Always believable in all his roles. Stanwyck is equally good, with this being one of her most fascinating roles. Many have said that Stanwyck was too old for this role but I disagree. Her age/look is what makes her role interesting. Had her role been played by an average 1950s screen beauty, it wouldn't have worked. Stanwyck's dilemma is greatly accentuated by the "possible" age difference. It's brilliant casting. But what's really interesting in this film is Raymond Burr. He's surprisingly good here. So believable in his slimy contemptible character that one feels sorry that Burr's career ended up playing the same character over and over again on TV for the rest of his life.

The story is grounded and never becomes ludicrous. Some of the police stuff is actually fascinating to watch. But the threesome between Stanwyck - Hayden - Burr is what makes the movie so cool. Watching Stanwyck and Burr pining for each other is great, on so many levels! Arf.

Crime of Passion is a film I enjoy watching over and over again. Check it out.


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