At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich American boy touring Europe with his uncle stops at a trendy German resort and meets a pretty young girl who is there with her mother, a widow. ... See full summary »
At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich American boy touring Europe with his uncle stops at a trendy German resort and meets a pretty young girl who is there with her mother, a widow. The young couple fall for each other, until the young girl's mother's past begins to have an effect on their relationship. Written by
Good Performances and Direction Letdown by Weak Story
Screen Directors Playhouse: The Bitter Waters (1956)
** (out of 4)
An American uncle (George Sanders) and his nephew (Robert Vaughn) are touring Europe when the uncle runs into a former lover (Constance Cummings). Soon his nephew falls for the woman's niece (Cynthia Baxter) but the aunt is haunted by something she did in the past. THE BITTER WATERS contains some fine performances and some strong direction by John Brahm but the screenplay is just so bland that as a viewer you can't help but want to turn off your brain because you really don't care about anything that's going on. We can start off with the good and that's certainly the performances. Sanders and Vaughn looks strikingly similar so you really don't have any trouble believing that they're related. Sanders, as usual, delivers a very strong performance and you really believe the scenes where his heart is breaking and his mind curious about the secret from his past. Vaughn plays the stiff character he has always done but he works well here. Cummings is also extremely strong and ends up stealing the movie as the woman with the big secret that gets revealed towards the end. I won't ruin the twist at the end but I really enjoyed how Baxter played it when this secret does come out. Brahn has no problems with the beautiful look of the film and he handles his actors just fine but there's just no denying that the story itself is flat, boring and it's just impossible to care about any of the characters.
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