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A woman wanders the streets of Los Angeles in some sort of emotional distress. She is also under some delusion as she approaches many men, strangers who she calls "David". Eventually, an ambulance is called, the attendants who take her to the hospital, where she is eventually placed in the psychiatric ward. Placing her under some medication to help her remember, Dr. Harvey Willard, the psychiatrist on duty, is able to get some semblance of a story out of her over the ensuing days. This phase of her life begins just over a year ago when she, single RN Louise Howell, is under the employ of wealthy Dean Graham to take care of his chronically ill and largely bedridden wife, Pauline Graham, at their lake house outside of Washington, DC. Due to her circumstances, Pauline believes that Dean and Louise are carrying on an affair behind her back. Louise can see that Dean does have feelings for her that way in his loneliness. The "David" in question is David Sutton, a civil engineer who lives ...Written by
When Louise and Dean grab the stair banister of their townhouse on their return from the lake house, the banister shakes much more than such a solid looking structure would in reality. See more »
[upon meeting Carol again who he last saw when she was a bratty 11-year-old girl, but is now a shapely 20-year-old woman]
Let me look at you. Mm-hmm. Well, you... you haven't grown very much, but... then again, you have.
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A taut, brilliant look at insanity coming out of obsessive love, and Joan Crawford plays it with enough perfection you wonder what kind of madness she had experienced herself first. (Ask her daughter, I suppose.) This kind of melodrama would easily topple into campy excess, or just incompetence, but there isn't a shred of silliness or overseriousness. It's convincing and dramatic in turns. Van Heflin plays a great, humorous, diffident type, not a cad, but a likable and unflappable libertine. The rest of the cast supports, the photography is first rate, music and plot and even the structure of all the flashbacks work quickly. It's an elegant film, a surprise, and something to see.
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