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Jealousy (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 23 July 1945 (USA)
The wife of an alcoholic writer must take a job as a taxi driver to make ends meet. A young man she picks up as a fare befriends her, but when her husband is found murdered, the police suspect she and her new "friend" committed the murder.

Director:

Gustav Machatý

Writers:

Arnold Lipp (as Arnold Phillips), Gustav Machatý | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Loder ... Dr. David Brent
Jane Randolph ... Janet Urban
Karen Morley ... Dr. Monica Anderson
Nils Asther ... Peter Urban
Hugo Haas ... Hugo Kral
Holmes Herbert ... Melvyn Russell
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Shop Owner
Mauritz Hugo ... Bob
Peggy Leon Peggy Leon ... Secretary
Mary Arden Mary Arden ... Nurse
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Expressman (as Noble 'Kid' Chissel)
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The wife of an alcoholic writer must take a job as a taxi driver to make ends meet. A young man she picks up as a fare befriends her, but when her husband is found murdered, the police suspect she and her new "friend" committed the murder.

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What every woman knows and only men forget...that there's only a hairline between love and hate...a story that moves swift and true towards a blazing climax!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celos See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jealousy
Music and Lyrics by Rudolf Friml
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Offbeat Poverty Row programmer's a little bit better than it seems
28 June 2004 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Even by the bottom-shelf standards of postwar Poverty Row crime programmers (it's a Republic release), Jealousy appears primitive. Its sets look ugly and thrown together, its meandering plot line needs plenty more back-story, and its acting is more often awkward than not. But slowly – maybe by dint of its very cheesiness – the movie starts to work on you. It's the work, both as writer and director, of Gustav Machaty, whose most notorious film was the 1933 Extase, where Hedy Lamarr swam in the nude. But that notoriety notwithstanding, Machaty didn't make much of a mark in America; before Jealousy, he hadn't directed a movie since 1939, and afterward would wait another decade before his last film, made in Europe.

To get a bead on where Jealousy is heading takes a while. We first encounter Jane Randolph wearing a visored cap and driving a hack in Los Angeles. One of her fares is debonair doctor John Loder, who takes a very English fancy to her. But she's supporting depressive Nils Asther, a displaced person from the shambles of Eastern Europe who was a noted novelist in his native tongue; in America, he's unemployable. He pawns his cigarette case to buy a gun and end it all. Randolph stops him, which proves to be a mistake.

When Asther grows more jealous and abusive, Randolph warms to Loder and becomes chummy with his devoted colleague Karen Morley. (They lunch together, go shopping together, confide in one another.) But out of false pride Asther, who nurses his unhappiness like a sore tooth, spurns a job as translator at a movie studio, an opportunity arranged by his best friend Hugo Haas (yes, that Hugo Haas, another Poverty Row auteur of vanity pictures). Asther gives the restless Randolph an ultimatum: If she leaves him, he'll use the gun, but not on himself. But that damn gun sure gets around....

Jealousy boils down to a romantic trapezoid. Even at an economical 71 minutes, it moves slowly. But move it does, with an occasional nice touch along the way (a Christmas ornament dropped back into its box after a grim marital spat, a wide-eyed Siamese cat taking in a climactic scene). And as it turns out, it's just a little bit better than it seems.


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