Written April 28, 2012
. This is a B movie scrip. Joan Crawfold's acting; the placement of glamour, wealth and industry given by the great directing and design is more respectful and derailing doesn't occur. The obvious and relentless fear factor could steer out of control. Not the only or the 1st film used with modern age psychiatry as a selling point. (What would Tom Cruise say? lol) It can be a bit creepy.
Written March 04, 2009
Joan Crawford's eyebrow arching and acting histrionics are well utilized here another Warner Bros' potboiler about a woman descending the depths of madness after being jilted by a lover only to see him seduce the daughter of her employer. Intense early look at psychological grounding of what really is just overcooked melodrama with a very dark artistic flair. Crawford receives fine support from her two leading men Raymond Massey and Van Heflin in a odd homme fatale role as the womanizing louse. First-rate photography and excellent production values heighten this 1947 curiosity and it is a must for devotees of Joan.