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Crime of Passion (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 January 1957 (UK)
Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writer:

Jo Eisinger (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Kathy Doyle
Sterling Hayden ... Bill Doyle
Raymond Burr ... Tony Pope
Fay Wray ... Alice Pope
Virginia Grey ... Sara Alidos
Royal Dano ... Charlie Alidos
Robert Griffin ... Detective James
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Detective Jules
Jay Adler ... Nalence
Stuart Whitman ... Laboratory Technician
Malcolm Atterbury ... Officer Spitz
Robert Quarry ... Reporter
Gail Bonney ... Mrs. London
Joe Conley ... Delivery Boy
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Storyline

Kathy is a smart and tough 1950's advice columnist at a San Francisco newspaper, with her name plastered on billboards all over the city. One day, Bill Doyle, a Los Angeles detective, walks into her office - it is instant attraction. After marrying Bill, Kathy gives up her career and becomes a homemaker. However, she is not your typical 1950's homemaker. After hosting several cocktail parties in their San Fernando Valley home, she realizes that Bill is content with his position, and shows no ambition in furthering himself. Kathy will not sit idly by while everyone around her is "moving up in the world". She personally takes upon herself the task of pushing Bill's career along, even if it comes down to murder. Written by Kelly

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Her husband was lying so close... the gun was even closer... now she was only one sin away from the Crime of Passion. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The car Kathy drives is a 1951 Ford Custom De Luxe convertible. With the optional V-8 engine and automatic transmission, in excellent condition this car could fetch upwards of $50,000 at auction in 2017. See more »

Goofs

When Kathy calls Alice from the phone booth and hears she is leaving for Honolulu, the reflection of the cameraman is seen all through the scene on the back window of the booth (above left Kathy's head), and it moves as the camera pulls back. See more »

Quotes

Bill Doyle: [after just getting married and arriving at their new home] Well, what do you think of the neighborhood?
Kathy Doyle: Right now, I'm not thinking about the... neighborhood.
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Thanks to TCM
12 January 2007 | by mollymoorSee all my reviews

My comments are not only for the movie and its stars but for TCM keeping these noir movies and other "oldies" on air for future generations to have the priveledge of viewing and even for its social education to give them a window of movies and life past. It is very important for us to never forget where todays movies started and what real stars and actors are.... At my age it is very nostalgic to return to the movies I grew up watching the actors I saw on the big screen. Movies will never be like this again and the present actors with the exception of a few will never light up the screen and cause our imaginations to go wild! Now movies have to show every nuance of reality so no one can have an imagination or self thought process...they do it all for you@


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