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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)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Alice Pope: No dear, you said, "Bill, you better go right out and get your lunch because I've just driven up Mrs. Pole's telephone pope".
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A desperate woman will do anything for her man
13 January 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

So thinks Barbara Stanwyck in "Crime of Passion," a 1957 film also starring Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr. Stanwyck is newspaper woman Kathy Ferguson who, in the beginning, is going after the story of a crime being investigated by Doyle and Alidos (Hayden and Royal Dano). Dano gives the newsroom a speech on the idea of "let us do our job" and Stanwyck is the only one who speaks up, stating, "And we're trying to do our jobs." Alidos' reply is a killer: "You should be home making dinner for your husband." Do you love it? Doyle and Kathy fall in love and get married a little too soon after they meet. Kathy, a woman who craves excitement and new adventures in life, is stuck with a bunch of vapid women she can't tolerate. Making things worse, her husband is a gentle and loving man but he has no ambition. And she's bored out of her skull. Of course, now that she's married, there's no question of her working. In an effort to help him, Kathy cultivates a friendship with the wife (Fay Wray) of Police Inspector Pope (Burr) and then has a flirtation with the inspector himself. It leads to problems (that's putting it mildly).

Stanwyck is terrific in a difficult role, that of a woman with more going on internally than even she knew; Burr does a good job as a hard-nosed, cold police inspector. Sterling Hayden has never been a favorite of mine. To me he always comes off as a dufus. In "Crime of Passion," he's excellent as a good man whose only ambition is to be happy and spend time with his wife. Alas, his wife didn't share his dream.

This is a small movie, probably a B, directed by Gerd Oswald that is shot in black and white, probably reflective of what people were seeing on television by then. The twists and turns will keep the viewer off-balance and interested. not to mention the pervasive '50s attitudes toward women.


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