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Sydney Boehm (writer)
John Mantley (novel)
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Release Date:
27 May 1959 (USA) See more »
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She should never have taken the stranger's love!
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Cast

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Susan Hayward ... Mary Sharron

Stephen Boyd ... Fred Carter

Barbara Nichols ... Mayme Radzevitch
Dennis Holmes ... Robbie Sharron

Theodore Bikel ... Dr. R. W. Gibbs
Ken Scott ... Sergeant Le Moyne
James Philbrook ... Henri
Florence MacMichael ... Mrs. Bedelia Gibbs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Alan Austin ... Fire Warden (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... Mrs. Campbell (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Arthur Franz ... Tom Sharron (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Officer Follette (uncredited)
Harry C. Johnson ... Juggler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Louis Manley ... Fire-Eater (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Freeman Morse ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Man at Carnival (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Ian Campbell (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Boehm  writer
John Mantley  novel

Produced by
Sydney Boehm .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor 
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... conductor
David Buttolph .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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103 min
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly well-written Northwest drama, 6 April 2004
Author: pmullinsj from New York City

Susan Hayward's excellence never comes as any surprise, because she could do anything. From a country preacher's wife in 'I'd Climb the Highest Mountain', to the executed (probable) murderess in 'I Want to Live', the pushy garment district broad in 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale', she also did comedy in 'The Marriage Go-Round' and played Bette Davis's nympho daughter in 'Where Love Has Gone'. These off-the-top-of-my-head roles barely scratch the surface, of course, of her peerless range.

Stephen Boyd is the rustic who comes to help out on the farm after Hayward is left with her son--played by an excellent, most sensitive child actor, Dennis Holmes--after her husband is killed fighting a fire. And Boyd is marvelous: strapping, rangy and handsome, crude and violent, and the plot twists around nicely on the refinements of life versus the necessities: During the first half, it seems as if Boyd's uncouthness is the only real urgency to be dissolved or removed; toward the end it seems as if Hayward has not been understanding enough. She would have been had he not been so inarticulate, of course. Nevertheless, this film is complex enough in terms of relationships and matters of making judgments and searching for compromises that are tolerable for different kinds of sensibilities--there are intelligent moments in which the local doctor seems to serve as psychoanalyst for both husband and wife.

It is a shame that these two weren't also paired as Oliver Mellors and Constance Chatterley: they look the parts (and could have certainly done them well) far more than any versions thus far made (and it's hard to imagine any more will be needed.)

Another recapturing of something I missed 45 years ago, when one Sunday afternoon I couldn't "go to the show" and had to go to my aunt's far older husband's birthday party, or it was their anniversary in their house in Ozark, Alabama...I hated it, but seeing this finally after all these years--and the nature of the film itself has something to do with this too--has made me happy I saw my ancient old uncle, who had once been a probate judge--and I saw him but one more time. I'd been unkind. And only now can I remember how important I know it was for him that I be there.

This was one of the most worthwhile of my childhood/teenage movie deprivations. The scene toward the end in which Robbie (Holmes) tries to kill Frank (Boyd) by leading him into the quagmire (advertised so many times previously in the film I thought the title of the film was going to be about how Robbie fell into the quicksand and Sharron (Hayward) actually became OBSESSED! since her grief for her first husband's death and her disgust at her new husband's crudeness would have been just cause if then combined with the death of her son, too; she does have a miscarriage, but that is not quite the same)and then helps him pull himself out with a tree limb--this is a truly touching and tender moment.

The only really unconvincing thing about this movie is the title: Hayward's character is under great hardship, but her reactions to the rough nature of Boyd's character are normal to say the least. She makes some mistakes, but she is just NOT a WOMAN OBSESSED. This ranks as perhaps the most misleading title I have yet encountered.

The photography, in the Canadian Rockies, is often breathtaking.

Barbara Nichols is perfectly refreshingly racily divine as a gossipy town blonde babe.

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