A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
When Mrs. Tremayne is mysteriously poisoned with gas, ambulance driver Frank Jessup meets her refined but sensuous stepdaughter Diane, who quickly pursues and infatuates him. Under Diane's seductive influence, Frank is soon the Tremayne chauffeur; but he begins to suspect danger under her surface sweetness. When he shows signs of pulling away, Diane schemes to get him in so deep he'll never get out.Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Diane's Jaguar XK-120 had a MSRP of $3,940 in the USA (about $40,200 in 2017). In all, about 12,000 were made from 1948 to 1954. In excellent condition, at auction in 2017, that car could fetch well into six figures. See more »
(00:02:56) The shadow of the microphone at the top of the headboard is visible, right after Mrs. Tremayne says "Someone tried to murder me." Then the microphone (shadow) turns to the left towards another actor. See more »
Jean Simmons is sensational as the deeply disturbed beautiful girl. She creates a characters that is both, alluring and terrifying at the same time. She looks at Mitchum asking him "Do you love me?" and we know she's trouble, real trouble but just like Mitchum we're ready to fall into her trap without really knowing or caring what kind of trap we're falling into. Otto Preminger at the helm is not George Cukor. Oh how I wish George Cukor had directed this film. He did wonders with Simmons in "The Actress" and he understood the female heart even one as dangerous as this one. Preminger seems interested in showing us and telling us rather than allowing us to participate in a more organic way. The script is uncertain at best but Jean Simmons makes the film, compelling viewing.
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