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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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It's So Easy To Cry 'SHAME'! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unfaithful See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,822,000 (estimated)
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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

The $10,000 Barrow asks for the bust of Chris would equate to $113,400 in 2017. See more »

Goofs

The lawyer is sent to the address 2500 Santa Monica Blvd., but when he arrives, the number on the building is 7765. See more »

Quotes

Paula: [as she hands a cup of coffee to Bob] There you are. It may not be good, but it's strong.
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Version of The Letter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Night
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Music by Charles Henderson
Heard in the restaurant
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Piercing the Pre-War Paradigm
13 March 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

This combination of a murder mystery and post-war reclamation of Family life is Film-Noir at its definition but not in its execution. It is handled quite regularly and straightforward, aside from some very effective L.A. street scenes that evoke Noir overtones.

It's most effective in its "new" Hollywood discovering of extramarital affairs brought on by quick vows and hasty deployment by our Military. Predictably some of these quick, for convenience Marriages could not hold true, especially for the left alone "War Widows" who had little time to fall deeply in love with their Husbands.

The mystery and courtroom part pales in comparison to the social drama and infidelity conundrums, and it is the deconstructing psychology of this unfortunate situation that compels this to above average Cinema. Eve Arden's accurate understanding insight and delineation speech is quite a mid 1940's welcome revelation to Movie audiences. It was this very seldom open discussion about private affairs that elevates this one and moves it to the periphery of Film-Noir.


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