Released Date: May 2, 1946
Director: Tay Garnett
Actors: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed, and Jeff York
This is a MGM movie and a Film Noir. This movie was considered a shock because most movies in that time only did closed mouth kissing. Usually the kisses lasted a few seconds. In this movie, it wasn't a normal Hollywood kiss. They french kissed! Which is not that surprising as the novel for this film was considered explicit. This movie was a lot like the Little Women book, as it was turned into a movie, a lot. This was actually the third movie made from the book. And then The Screen Guild Theater made a 30 minute radio version on June 16, 1947. Along with the Lana Turner and John Garfield redoing their roles. This was Lana Turner's favorite role. Another neat note, you will notice that Lana Turner only wears white in this movie. Make note of that while you are watching. Pretty cool huh? It is said that because of how dark this picture is, they wanted to make her wear a light color throughout. You will notice two men in this movie, from two very hit classics. One is Cecil Kellaway, who played a Doctor in the Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey. The other man is not by his face, but by his voice, Alan Reed. Who's voice happens to be Fred Flinstone's from the cartoon, The Flinstones. There is also another favorite of mine, Hume Cronyn, who was in Alfred Hitchcock movies, Shadow Of A Doubt, Lifeboat, and he was seen in Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He also wrote for Hitchcock's Rope and Under Capricorn.
Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) hires a free as a bird hitch-hiker, Frank Chambers (John Garfield). Frank begins to help around the house and restaurant In the middle of all of the helping, Frank falls for Nick's wife, Cora Smith (Lana Turner). They kiss, dance, go to the beach, and discuss why Cora ending up marrying Nick in the first place. He's older, and not very good looking. Which raises questions, since Cora is so beautiful. But when Cora realizes that she feels the same for Frank, the two decide to run away together. But since Frank's money is coming from Cora's husband, they go back. It almost seems insane that they do, since both seem so unhappy. Even Frank goes as far as to say that he hopes that Nick gets into some freak accident and dies. When later on the two realize that death is an option for them. Murder is a great option in fact. The plan? To electrocute. When Nick ends up in the hospital, Cora ends up riddled with guilt. Which is understandable, she's the one that threw a iron into Nick's bath water with him in it. Ending up electrocuting Nick, burning all the lights out in the house, and killing a cat. Nick thankfully survived. I guess Frank and Cora were not ready for murder. Both excited he lived, but will this movie end with Nick dead? I mean, even though they ended up wanting him alive, they still wanted him dead before. I don't want to give away the ending, but I'll tell you one thing!!! They do "try" again. I mean they always say "If at first you don't suceed, try, try again." I'll also say this, it involves a car, a shoe, alcohol, a mountain side and trees, and a great lawyer, Arthur Keats (Hume Cronyn). Enjoy!!!!