A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.
An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.
Novelist Richard Harland and socialite Ellen Berent meet on a train and are attracted to each other. They fall in love and decide to get married. They love each other, in spite of their differences. Ellen's love for Richard is obsessive - possessive, and wants Richard all to herself. Richard learns to what extent Ellen will go to get what she wants,Written by
Many of the comments I have read suggest that Wilde was too weak to play Richard Harland, the famous author who finds himself suddenly engaged to a woman he barely knows.
As an author myself I can say the portrayal rings true rather than false. Most authors are rather reclusive and find social gatherings painful. If they are trying to write something, they don't want others around to disturbe them. Writing is a lonely and demanding occupation and mistress/lover.
The contrast between the sexually aggressive Tierney and the reluctant but eager and flattered Wilde is very interesting to me.
If you want to see the other side of Wilde-the extravert/charmer, watch him as the Great Sebastian doing his own 'flying' in The Greatest Show On Earth, and you will appreciate the fact that Wilde acting shy and reticent is really ACTING.
The suggestion that such a predatory creature could exist is chilling! The idea that her own family could not or would not try to warn Harland before it was too late is tragic.
The incestuous suggestions and the obvious sexual ambiguity is palpable.
Tierney and Wilde look wonderful together. The perfect couple in love. Vincent Price without his mustache is a shock and hard to get used to. He tries too hard to be the villain of the piece when he is out-matched in that department by Tierney.
The cinematography is wonderful. The music is, perhaps a bit too dramatic, but beautiful. Jeanne Crain is a breath of fresh air and a natural victim who is resiliant enough to survive.
The story is over-the-top, of course-very Greek tragedy.
The Honeymoon couple in double beds (the Hollywood censors at their WORST) is a hoot!
The tickling scene is charming, and I got the impression that Wilde really IS ticklish. The wake-up scene is also natural and quite real. Tierney looks like she's having a great time blowing on Wilde's eyelashes while he sleeps, and his stretch and gentle wake up is lovely to watch.
Not a GREAT film as films go, but not a bomb either. It is clever, interesting and strikes to the bone.
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