Aroview: Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her career-defining role as a stoical housewife-turned-waitress who finds success in business, but whose matters of the heart end in tears and murder. Expressive photography contributes also to this classic noir, adapted from a James M. Cain novel.
4 stars (Very Good) Has an essentially conservative outlook, but the social anxieties of the time are nicely laid bare. Based on the novel by James Cain, Ranald MacDougall's screenplay is sharp, Michael Curtiz's direction slick, the atmosphere subtly bleak.~SteveParkes
3 stars (Good Enough) Easy on the eye black and white photography. The solid story keeps moving along. Good lead acting from Joan and in support from Eve Arden and in a small part from Butterfly McQueen.~tubbs