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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Kathy Doyle
... Bill Doyle
... Tony Pope
... Alice Pope
... Sara Alidos
... Charlie Alidos
... Detective James
Dennis Cross ... Detective Jules
... Nalence
... Laboratory Technician
... Officer Spitz
... Reporter
... Mrs. London
... Delivery Boy
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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 »


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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 »

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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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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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18 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

From a sociological point of view, CRIME OF PASSION has much to offer. It is a rare instance of a film told from a very liberal (especially by 1950s standards) standpoint from this era of "I Love Lucy" doting housewives and such. Most young people today think all wives of the 1950s stood around wearing aprons and catering to their husbands. This film shows a marked contrast between what is perceived to be 1950s typical domestic life, and the quiet desperation which it may have actually hid, and how some women rebelled against the conventions of the time.

This film shockingly shows what happens to an independent woman when she is suffocated by the conventions of her time, in this case the late 1950s, when women were supposed to stay home and cook dinner for their husbands. In fact, there is a fascinating line early in the film when a police officer says just that! The film has a very clear thesis, and builds up adequately to move the viewer. Top notch in this film is the powerful performance of Barbara Stanwyck, still at her peak at this late date. The supporting cast leaves a lot to be desired (Sterling Hayden is awful, as always), the direction is merely average, and everything else is straight out of B-movie territory. That said, it is a fascinating early glimpse of feminism. It should be taught in all sociology classes.


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