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Julie (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 October 1956 (USA)
A terrified wife tries to escape from her insanely jealous husband who is bent on killing her.

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Andrew L. Stone

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Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Julie Benton
Louis Jourdan ... Lyle Benton
Barry Sullivan ... Cliff Henderson
Frank Lovejoy ... Det. Lt. Pringle
Jack Kelly ... Jack (co-pilot)
Ann Robinson ... Valerie
Barney Phillips ... Doctor on Flight 36
Jack Kruschen ... Det. Mace
John Gallaudet ... Det. Sgt. Cole
Carleton Young ... Airport control tower official
Hank Patterson ... Ellis
Ed Hinton Ed Hinton ... Captain of Flight 36
Harlan Warde ... Det. Pope
Aline Towne ... Denise Martin
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Airline Official
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Storyline

Her new husband's behaviour convinces Julie Benton that his jealousy is dangerous, and when he admits he killed her first husband she realises she has to get away. A long-time friend helps all he can, but even in a town the size of San Francisco, Benton seems able to track them down. The police can do nothing despite a death threat, so the next move is up to Julie. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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BRIDAL NIGHT FRIGHT! This is Doris Day as the frightened Julie who discovers on her honeymoon that her husband is a killer - and SHE is next! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mord in den Wolken See more »

Filming Locations:

Blythe, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$785,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Julie Benton: Sergeant, I want to report a murder!
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Midnight On The Cliffs
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Last-minute shift of gears turns Julie into routine "jep"
31 March 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

A thriller starring Doris Day a few years before she hit the jackpot with her string of coy sex comedies, Julie is what was known in the trade as a `jep' – a woman-in-jeopardy drama. It starts off promisingly with a spat at a country club between Day and her second husband, Louis Jourdan (the first Mr. Day, a presumed suicide, may have been his victim) that escalates into an incident of road rage. Jourdan is passed off as a concert pianist – you know, one of those unstable `artistic' types. And he fills out a startlingly up-to-date profile of the irrationally jealous, controlling spouse, alternating between murderous rages and mawkish contrition. (Since Charles Boyer launched the prototype of this sort of abusive male in Gaslight, it seems that Hollywood thought it safe to cast chiefly Frenchmen in subsequent outings.)

Julie wastes no time in setting Day to flee, with Jourdan in pursuit; her ally is old friend Barry Sullivan, who tries to smuggle her safely from Carmel to San Francisco. But Jourdan, who apparently missed his calling as an international master of intrigue, proves too smart for them and manages to get himself, gun in trenchcoat, aboard a cross-continental airliner.

Julie, you see, used to be an airline stewardess, and here is where the script's credibility ultimately crumbles. As the movie prepares to come in for a landing, it abruptly shifts gears, leaving behind the dark psychological drama of the noir cycle for the purely mechanical thrills of an Airport. And so what at first seemed daring – revealing Jourdan as a woman-hating psycho without a tedious buildup – turns into a time-saving gimmick to place Day as swiftly as possible behind the controls of an airplane. And so what started out as a psychologically astute study of obsession descends into the merely routine.


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