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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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The stripped-of-shame story of a cop's wife who committed one sin too many! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 last film noir roles of both Barbara Stanwyck and Raymond Burr. It also comes towards the ends of their film careers in general. Both would soon transition to working primarily in television and appearing only occasionally in movies. Burr notably moved from the villainous characters he often portrayed in films to long-running success as the heroic defense attorney in Perry Mason (1957). 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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surprising social critique
20 September 2004 | by ricerSee all my reviews

Don't be put off by the negative commentary on this film (which surprises me almost as much as the film's unflinching social critique). Stanwyck gives a strong performance in an unusual late-cycle noir; unusual in that it opens in conventional noir style, wraps up the first noir plot in less than ten minutes, then proceeds into insightful and incisive melodrama. Sharper socially than even Fritz Lang's late noirs, "Crime of Passion" reminds us of the "nostalgia" for the "happy family values" of the 1950's for the wishful (?) thinking that it is. Stanwyck's slow descent into middle-class torpor and madness (she's a sharp, witty, intelligent woman who saddles herself with a maddeningly boring and conventional cop husband, played nicely against type by Sterling Hayden) lays bare the social nightmare presented to women desiring anything but the conventional patriarchal lifestyle (at one point, the LA police captain tells Stanwyck that she should be at home making her husband supper-- a line which haunts both Stanwyck and the film).


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