A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
Ann Lake has recently settled in England with her daughter, Bunny. When she goes to retrieve her daughter after the girl's first day at school, no one has any record of Bunny having been registered. When even the police can find no trace that the girl ever existed, they wonder if the child was only a fantasy of Ann's. When Ann's brother backs up the police's suspicions, she appears to be a mentally-disturbed individual. Are they right? Written by
Steven uses the fuel from the oil lamp to light the doll's hair on fire; but he should have burnt his hand when pulling off what should have been a very hot glass chimney from the top of the lamp. See more »
She may be a few minutes late. Will you please wait for her?
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The names in the opening credits are revealed by a hand tearing away parts of the black background as if it were paper, revealing the names printed beneath on a white background. See more »
I first heard of this movie due to the involvement of the famous graphic designer Saul Bass who is responsible for the creative opening credits and the stark poster artwork. It's not the best movie you'll never see but it is well worth hunting out. It's has a few moments that bear a passing resemblance to Hitchcock with well choreographed background happenings as well as some truly dizzying camera movements. It really will keep you guessing until near the end. Noel Coward's character unfortunately appears to serve no significant purpose as do a few other occurrences but you could look at this as Preminger's attempt to totally throw you off the scent. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, there is considerable demand for a DVD/VHS release (preferably letterboxed, the opening credits are well worth it). It was on TV in the UK last week (the first time I'd seen it) and I'm kicking myself for not taping it as it was a really fresh print. Search this one out...
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