Gene Tierney plays the kleptomaniac wife of respected psychiatrist Richard Conte. When she is caught shoplifting a pin, she is rescued from embarrassment by con artist and hypnotist Jose Ferrer, who wins her confidence, and then sets her up for a murder wrap. His alibi is airtight, and the evidence all points to her guilt.
Tierney, as ever, excels at being beautiful and unstable, though here she is sympathetic, as opposed to the monsters she plays in Leave Her to Heaven and …i>The Razor’s Edge. Ferrer is in top form as the suave, completely despicable villain. Bad guys just don’t get dialogue like this anymore, and more’s the pity.
Much the same situation as with the other films in the series. You have your mono, and you have your 2.0, and the stereo increases the richness of the sound but also has the rear speakers responding when they shouldn’t be. Again, the volume from the rear is quite low, so the overall effect isn’t distracting.
A very nice, almost flawless print. The B&W tones are superb, and the image is incredibly sharp. The grain, apart from a couple of shots, is almost nonexistent. This is one great-looking transfer.
Richard Schickel’s commentary is solid enough, but not as strong as some of the other commentary tracks in this series – there are a number of silences, and he does point out the obvious a bit too often. Still, not a bad piece of work. The only other extras are some trailers, including the one for Whirlpool. The menu is basic.
Another great film, and another great transfer. What a series!
Special Features List
- Audio Commentaries