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The Unfaithful (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 July 1947 (USA)
A Los Angeles socialite kills a man while home alone one night and claims he was an intruder she did not know. It seems like a clear case of self defense until the story hits the papers and people connected to the dead man come forward.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

David Goodis (original screenplay), James Gunn (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Chris Hunter
Lew Ayres ... Larry Hannaford
Zachary Scott ... Bob Hunter
Eve Arden ... Paula
Jerome Cowan ... Prosecuting Attorney
Steven Geray ... Martin Barrow
John Hoyt ... Det. Lieut. Reynolds
Peggy Knudsen ... Claire
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Mrs. Tanner
Douglas Kennedy ... Roger
Claire Meade Claire Meade ... Martha
Frances Morris ... Agnes
Jane Harker ... Joan
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Storyline

Chris Hunter kills an intruder and tells her husband and lawyer it was an act of self-defense. It's later revealed that he was actually her lover and she had posed for an incriminating statue he created. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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If she were yours, could you forgive? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ehebruch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,822,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,939,000, 31 December 1947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,972,000, 31 December 1947
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Eve Arden tells Anne Sheridan that "Every morning you open up the paper, there's another body in a weed-covered lot," she is referring to the infamous Black Dahlia case that horrified LA earlier that year. See more »

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Quotes

Paula: [referring to Bob's time away from his wife while in the army] Two and a half years is a long time.
Bob Hunter: I managed it.
Paula: In the South Pacific. Try it on Wilshire Boulevard.
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Night
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Music by Charles Henderson
Heard in the restaurant
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What happened to Roger?
19 March 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

This is not a remake of "The Letter," rather this film and "The Letter" are based on the same source, a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Strangely, Maugham is not given credit. Since he was still alive at the time, one wonders why he didn't object. Since "The Letter," there have been other films using the same theme but not quite as obviously as "The Unfaithful," though the setting and other parts have been changed to update the story.

The delightful Ann Sheridan, who never received her due recognition as an actress, plays the bored housewife who has a fling while her new husband is away at war. Like so many other beauties, Marilyn Monroe comes to mind, Sheridan was promoted as a sex kitten, The "Oomph" Girl, and her true talents were never appreciated by the Hollywood establishment.

Though Sheridan is fine, three supporting players steal the show. The magnificent Lew Ayres shines as the attorney friend who tries to put the pieces together hoping to exonerate Chris Hunter (Sheridan) from suspected murder. The more he searches the less the puzzle pieces fit. Ayres received a bum rap by Hollywood big wigs when he exercised his First Amendment rights during World War II to express his pacifist views. This movie represents his efforts to be re-accepted.

Zachary Scott plays against type as the husband who is caught in a murder investigation he doesn't understand. As the story unwinds, he learns more about his wife than he wants to know or to accept. When Bob Hunter (Scott) appears on the scene having been away on business, the viewer automatically thinks he is in someway involved in the killing since Scott usually played the bad guy. This film shows that Scott was a more versatile actor when given an opportunity.

Then there's the elegant Eve Arden as family friend and relative, Paula. Arden has some of the best lines in the movie and does she know how to deliver them! She is catty, coy, and funny when delivering just one well-written line of dialog. When her role turns more serious toward the end of the flick, she knows how to handle that too with élan.

The film is worthwhile but there are a few weaknesses. One is the introduction of characters that just wander in and then disappear without rhyme or reason. For example, at a drunken party, Paula's ex, Roger, played by Douglas Kennedy, disrupts the proceedings and has to be led away by Chris and Larry Hannaford (Lew Ayres). After such a grand spectacle, Roger is never seen or mentioned again in the movie. The viewer keeps waiting for his return thinking that just maybe he had something to do with the murder.

Another weakness is running time. This film is way too long. It would have played much better in a 60+ time slot. As is, there is too much dialog. So there are long boring talky parts included to stretch the film to an almost two hour format. "The Unfaithful" is more of an effective programmer than the flashy main feature it tries to be.


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