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After his teenage daughter Danny is arrested for the murder of his ex-wife's current lover, Luke Miller recalls his marriage to Valerie Hayden and the subsequent events which led to the tragedy. The lurid story seems to have been suggested by the real-life Lana Turner/Johnny Stompanato/Cheryl Crane murder scandal of six years earlier when Lana's daughter Cheryl stabbed her mother's boyfriend (Stompanato) to death in the bedroom of Lana's Beverly Hills home. Written by
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When Valerie and Luke are driving away from her home after meeting for the first time during World War II, several early 1960's cars can be seen on the rear projection behind them, including a Chevrolet Corvair that didn't appear until the 1960 model year. See more »
Valerie screamed. Dani rushed to her defense, picking up the first weapon she could find. She swung wildly - and hit a home run.
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Danny has some very serious emotional hangups. Seems that she plunged a knife into her mom's boyfriend. Was it to save her mother? Was it out of a jealous rage?
With a film starring Bette Davis and Susan Hayward, you know that the fireworks are there and they sure are. Nevertheless, they are well matched by a terrific performance by Joey Heatherton as the disturbed teenager. What happened to Heatherton after this film? She was a fine dramatic actress with great potential.
Davis is her usual overbearing mother and has created lots of turmoil for the seriously emotionally unstable Hayward. Both are like sticks of dynamite in the scenes that they appear opposite each other. (In her autobiography Davis lashed out at Hayward stating that she said her lines and would immediately leave the set at the end of the scene.)
In a strong supporting performance, Anne Seymour plays the psychiatrist who tries to help the young Danny. Remember Seymour? Usually a grade-B actress, she gave a fine supporting performance as Broderick Crawford's faithful but neglected wife, Lucy, in the 1949 Oscar winner "All the King's Men."
An emotionally charged film that brings out all the stops. Mike Connors costars as Hayward's ex. An ultimate crowd pleaser due to the fine acting of Davis and Hayward. A downer at the end but still worthwhile seeing.
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