Crime of Passion
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Barbara Stanwyck soars in a "rafter-rattling portrayal of a homicidal housewife" (The New York Times) in this "exciting, taut" (Motion Picture Daily) thriller about wanting it allandstopping at nothing to get it. A most unusual story for its time, Crime of Passion delivers nail-biting suspense, shocking plot twists and a 1950s anti-heroine you won't soon forget! Advice columnist Kathy Ferguson (Stanwyck) abandons her successful career when she marries police detective Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden). But her new role as a 1950s suburban homemaker quickly stiflesher spirit, and she transfers her thwarted ambition to her husband's career, scheming to push Bill up the ladder by any means necessary even murder!
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Kathy Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck, "Stella Dallas", "Ball of Fire") is a successful newspaper columnist who abandons her career to marry Los Angeles police lieutenant Bill Doyle (Sterling Hayden, "Johnny Guitar"). Despite all her best efforts, married life doesn't come easily for Kathy. She's driven to the brink, enduring the police wives' banal small-talk, and the endless poker games of Bill and his colleagues.
Kathy decides to invest her time by helping Bill achieve his full potential within the police force - one rung at a time. But by ingratiating herself with the police chief and his wife (Raymond Burr and Fay Wray), Kathy only causes further hostility between Bill and his co-workers. When the chief announces plans for retirement, Kathy seduces him in an effort to clinch the deal for Bill to succeed him; but when the plan backfires, Kathy resorts to murder...
CRIME OF PASSION gave Barbara Stanwyck the chance to revive the kind of murderous noir heroines that had marked some of her greatest movies ("Double Indemnity", "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"). Sterling Hayden does what he can to provide distiction as Kathy's weak-willed milquetoast husband. Former movie queens Fay Wray and Virginia Grey are sadly forced into thankless supporting roles; indeed they are hardly noticeable here.
The photography is superb, capturing the low roofs and picket fences of mundane suburbia (Kathy's self-inflicted prison). For fans of noir cinema, CRIME OF PASSION will be an entertaining title for the collection; fans of Barbara Stanwyck will naturally love it too.
(Single-sided, single-layer disc).
He was a handsome man and the scenes with him and Stanwyck are the best in the movie.. but yeah it's just so, so and not really one i would reccommend.
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