really good noir with dana andrews, henry fonda, and joan crawford (about the time she started getting the crazy look). all the stars do a really good job and each character has a compelling depth that is lacking in most films. dana andrews is a rich lawyer with a family, but he’s got crawford on the side. fonda comes calling and steals crawford away, but she is still drawn to andrews for reasons she can’t understand. sure, it’s your basic love triangle film, but it goes into some dark areas and does so in a thought-provoking and offbeat way. it never falls into the realm of melodrama in part because fonda and andrews never seem to take things too seriously.
leon shamroy does a really good job lighting crawford. it gives her a really appealing and sympathetic look which helps sell her as the central character that the two men are so interested in winning over. preminger does his usual good job.