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The Unfaithful (1947)

Ann Sheridan , Lew Ayres , Vincent Sherman  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ann Sheridan, Lew Ayres, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Jerome Cowan
  • Directors: Vincent Sherman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TOL4B4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The wages of sin are deceit, heartbreak and possibly murder in The Unfaithful, a thriller about a wife who has an affair while her
GI husband is off fighting in the Pacific. Then, after the war and happily reunited with her husband, she stabs the castoff lover in what may or may not be a case of self-defense.

Ann Sheridan gives one of her finest performances - variously calculating, terrified and remorseful - as a woman desperate to keep her past a secret and her marriage whole. As her attorney, Lew Ayres turns the film's courtroom scenes into riveting drama. Is the wife a good woman who made a single mistake? Or is she a cold-hearted seductress capable of murder? The Unfaithful lets you decide.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling film about marriage during wartime August 1, 2011
"The Unfaithful" is a 1947 social commentary often mistaken for a murder mystery or film noir. The theme is adultery and divorce, which were popular themes in the post war period. It was very loosely adapted from a 1927 Somerset Maugham Broadway play that was a 1929 film with Regional Owen and a 1940 Bette Davis film called "The Letter" (FWIW - Davis received an Oscar nomination for her role in that film).

Adultery has been a staple of filmdom since the earliest years and continues to this day. Among the best of the genre are films like "Body Heat" (1981), "The Bridges of Madison County" (1995), "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946), "The English Patient" (1996), and, of course, "Fatal Attraction" (1987).

Sexy Ann Sheridan (1915-67) plays a married woman who kills an intruder (But was he really an intruder?). Sheridan was one of the biggest box office stars of the late 30s and 40s and a top pinup girl in WW 2 when she was called "The Oomph Girl". She appeared in such box office hits as "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938), "They Made me a Criminal" (1939), "Dodge City" (1939), "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1942), and "Kings Row" (1941). Known for her sex appeal, there is a solid actress underneath and she shows it here.

Handsome Zachary Scott (1914-65) often played a scoundrel in films like "Mildred Pierce" (1945), "Flamingo Road" (1949), and "Shadow on the Wall" (1950), often paired with Ann Sothern, Nancy Davis, or Joan Crawford. Scott plays Sheridan's husband but he plays against type in this one.

Lew Ayres (1908-96) performance in "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) propelled him to early stardom. That's the good news.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Classic Movie at a Reasonable Price December 10, 2011
By John
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I purchased "The Unfaithful" from the rather expensive WA,Due to Amazon discounting this and a few other titles in this collection,I decided to purchase this disk against advice from other customers who have purchased WBA disks due to comments of quality etc. No,the disk doesn't have all "bells and whistles",in-depth comments from film historians,out-takes,and even chapters,But what it does have is a great story,with great acting.The movie has not been transferred to HD or even Blue ray-ed,and horror of all horrors it even has a few little scratches in the print! BUT I don't care, Because at this Amazon discounted price I think this movie is value for money
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3.0 out of 5 stars But is it film noir? July 21, 2014
By Bryan
Just caught this little known semi-gem at our local art house theater as part of their film noir festival. Interestingly lots of commentators call this a remake of The Letter but I don't see the resemblance myself. Also I don't really consider it film noir. Rather I'd describe it as a drawing room melodrama with large doses of adultery, blackmail and courtroom procedure. And it just plain doesn't have the look of noir.
Unfaithful has an A list of talent but the result is curiously B movie-ish and flat. Ann Sheridan never did that much for me. I always thought of her as a cut-rate Rita Hayworth. Although she does some good acting work here, she looks washed out and tired in most of the scenes, suitable for the character perhaps but not flattering. Moreover, she looks downright anorexic with her ultra-thin, delicate frame. And all those awful 40s style women's clothes the ladies had to wear...
The best part is the wisecracking Eve Arden and the great on location scenes - love that Bunker Hill streetcar! Also I thought Marta Mitrovich as the dead guy's widow was just great - nobody has commented on the physical resemblance between her and Ann Sheridan (film noir did love the idea of doubles). Especially so in the scene where Marta is sitting next to the sculpture. It couldn't have been an accident. BTW too bad the Code didn't allow the sculpture to be a nude. Sigh. Max Steiner's score is competent but not really memorable.
Summary: a professional effort but ultimately not that special or interesting. A solid three stars.
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