Jean Simmons is simultaneously sexy and creepy as a Los Angeles heiress who will do anything to get the man she wants. In this case, it's ultimate noir hero-chump Robert Mitchum, who blithely believes he can handle his unhinged paramour's electrifying passion. Otto Preminger directs this doomed romance with an almost suffocating precision, creating what Jean-Luc Godard hailed as one of the 10 best Hollywood films ever. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR/PROD Otto Preminger; SCR Frank S. Nugent, Oscar Millard, Ben Hecht, from the story by Chester Erskine. U.S., 1953, b&w, 91 min. NOT RATED
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