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The Reckless Moment ()


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After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.

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Martin Donnelly
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Lucia Harper
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Beatrice 'Bea' Harper
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Tom Harper
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Ted Darby
David Bair ...
David Harper
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Nagel
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Old Lady (uncredited)
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Jack Baker ...
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Receptionist (uncredited)
Holger Bendixen ...
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Woman (uncredited)
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Department Store Customer (uncredited)
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Pete - Bartender (uncredited)
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Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ...
Mrs. Loring (uncredited)
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Blond (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ...
Tall Man in Post Office (uncredited)
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Wrestler (uncredited)
George Dockstader ...
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Bank Official (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Everett Glass ...
Drug Clerk (uncredited)
Robert Gordon ...
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Buddy Gorman ...
Magazine Clerk (uncredited)
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Post Office Clerk (uncredited)
Barbara Hatton ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ...
Drummer (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ...
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Second Postal Clerk (uncredited)
David Levitt ...
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Mike Mahoney ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Bob - Newsper Vendor (uncredited)
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Mike (uncredited)
Richard Mickelson ...
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John Monaghan ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Sharon Monaghan ...
Bridget (uncredited)
Sue Moore ...
Woman (uncredited)
Evelyn Moriarty ...
Woman (uncredited)
Bruce Gilbert Norman ...
Dennie (uncredited)
Penny O'Connor ...
Liza (uncredited)
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Bank Guard (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Card Player (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Ed Pine ...
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Clerk in Bus Depot (uncredited)
Byron Poindexter ...
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Joe Recht ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Barry Regan ...
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Celeste Savoi ...
Waitress (uncredited)
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Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Mrs. Catherine Feller (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Glenn Thompson ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Frances E. Williams ...
Sybil (uncredited)
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Man in Bus Depot (uncredited)

Directed by

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Max Ophüls ... (as Max Opuls)

Written by

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Henry Garson ... (screen play) &
Robert Soderberg ... (screen play) (as Robert W. Soderberg)
 
Mel Dinelli ... (adaptation) &
Robert E. Kent ... (adaptation)
 
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding ... (based upon the Ladies Home Journal story "The Blank Wall")

Produced by

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Walter Wanger ... producer

Music by

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Hans J. Salter ... (musical score) (as Hans Salter)

Cinematography by

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Burnett Guffey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Gene Havlick

Art Direction by

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Cary Odell

Set Decoration by

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Frank Tuttle

Costume Design by

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Jean Louis ... (gowns)

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Carmen Dirigo ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Newt Jones ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ella Perkins ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Earl Bellamy ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Russell Malmgren ... sound engineer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gert Andersen ... camera operator (uncredited)
William Johnson ... gaffer (uncredited)
Walter Meins ... grip (uncredited)
Joseph Walters ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Morris Stoloff ... musical director
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Frances McDowell ... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

In the charming community of Balboa 50 miles from Los Angeles, middle-class housewife Lucia Harper travels to Los Angeles to meet scoundrel, Ted Darby. Her seventeen year-old daughter Beatrice is in love with Ted. He asks for money to leave Bea, but Lucia refuses to give any. Bea does not believe her mother when told and during the night she sneaks out to the boat garage to meet Ted who admits that Lucia told the truth. Bea pushes him and Ted falls to his on an anchor. The next morning, Lucia finds the body and assumes that Bea has killed her lover. She decides to get rid of the corpse and puts it in her boat and dumps it far from home. When the police find Ted, a stranger, Martin Donnelly, visits Lucia to blackmail her on behalf of his partner, Nagel who has several letters Bea had written to Ted. Donnelly wants $5000 for the letters. The desperate Lucia tries to raise the amount. Martin falls in love with Lucia and tries to help her too. The dangerous Nagel wants to receive the amount at any price. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines It could happen to so many married women ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Blank Wall (United States)
  • Les désemparés (France)
  • Almas desnudas (Spain)
  • Lehkovážný okamžik (Czechoslovakia)
  • Moment bezrassudstva (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 82 min
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Budget $882,653 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Mason said that when Columbia refused to director Max Ophüls the permission to light simultaneously two large and separate sets, to allow a long dolly shot from one place to the other, he thought that "Ophuls could not smile anymore from this day." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Maternal Overdrive (2006). See more »
Quotes Martin: Hell is other people...
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