A wealthy but emotionally damaged woman is released from a sanitarium a year after suffering a mental breakdown. She returns to her home, shared with her husband, stepsister, stepmother, and maid. She attempts to start her life over again, but the home environment that caused her breakdown are still there. The lack of support from those closest to her threatens her fragile recovery. Written by
The harsh winter in Marblehead, Massachusetts proved to be a problem when filming scenes outdoors. Equipment had to be de-iced quite often, and actress Rhonda Fleming took frequent breaks, complaining that her tongue was freezing. See more »
I have loved this movie since I saw it in 1958 when I was 12. I have a video copy taped from WGN in Chicago. The movie was shot around Danvers and Marblehead and Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up here and actually worked at Danvers State Hospital where the opening of the film was shot.
Jean Simmons' performance is a masterpiece! It has the feeling of real life in its depiction of depression and mental disorientation. It also points out how important one friend who believes in you can be for the emotionally wrought person. This character, Jacob Diamond, was portrayed by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in another overlooked fine performance. His character shows that a little kindness and understanding can go a long way.
I disagree that the film is lumbering. If someone is looking for a car chase, this is the wrong film. If one is looking for great acting and wonderful character development, this film will provide it.
Even the more minor roles are played perfectly. Rhonda Fleming is great as Charlotte's (Simmons) sister subtly wooing Dan O'Herlihy from his wife's affections.
I have seen this film many times, and each time, like a great piece of music, I see more in it.
I have never been able to find it on video. I have my copy thanks to over the air broadcasts. I taped it twice, one station inserting material that is often edited out, and dubbed it into one complete version.
I would love to hear anyone's comments, pro or con, on this film as I am fascinated by people's differing reactions to it.
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