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Wes was a Jerk to Louise Ann Dvorak is Comedy Gold! Not As Good as the Original Joan Crawford does not work in a period movie What an insufferable jerk! Robert Preston was Handsome! I was so frustrated with Fred during his job interview! Boring Leading Men Could barely understand it! Joan looks great in this movie View all posts >


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It was pretty common for men to call their daughters "sister" in the American South during that time. You'll see it in a lot of books from the 1800's through the mid-1950s. I think they used the term because that's her role in the family, kind of like when parents start calling the grandparent "grandma" even thought it's their mother. I don't know why she called her dad by his first name though. It's an interesting theory, but I certainly did not think the man coming in at the end was there to kill her. I believe he is her next lover, and she has resigned herself to this new lifestyle of lower and lower-end gigolos. When he put the keys in his pocket, I took it as taking ownership of her apartment. He's moving in and inserting himself into her life so she will keep him up in style like she did the Beatty character. He wants all the trappings of being her lover/companion. Agreed, wonderful performance by Jane Darwell. Even more impressive when I realized she had played Mrs. Merriweather in Gone with the Wind just a year earlier. Totally different role, as her character in GWTW is a society dowager who rules the roost in antebellum Atlanta. To go from that to this heartbreaking performance as a working class matron in this movie really shows her range. Seems like Shelly Winters often played this same type of character - needy, whiny, unhappy women. For example, A Place in the Sun, Lolita, The Night of the Hunter, Executive Suite. One wonders if she was particularly suited to this type of part, or did she just bring that quality to every part she played? I'm amazed at how many people on this thread recall seeing this movie as a seven or eight year old child. In my opinion it is not appropriate for children at all. Like, almost nothing in this movie is something a child should be exposed to - rape, lynching, prostitution, drug abuse, murder by beating...why did parents think this was a good movie for their kids to watch? I've heard the same story about Joan Crawford with the removal of the back teeth. So who knows? Maybe they all had it done! I agree with you on both points. I work in advertising and I can assure you that if we said, "That's the logo we designed, we will not change it one iota, take it or leave it," we would be out of business in a month. Clients expect to be involved in the process. If they are paying, they want some input. You have to compromise to stay in business. I couldn't stand it. The score was overly dramatic and distracted from the action. His score made every scene feel completely over the top. He should have used the swells and crescendos more sparingly to hit the high scenes. Along with the overwrought dialogue and facial expressions, it made me feel like I was watching a movie being lampooned on the Carol Burnett Show rather than a serious film. I agree with you. And I love Gary Cooper! He's so perfect for "High Noon", made three years later, where he gets to play a character around his actual age. But he's too grizzled and weary looking to play the idealistic young architect, especially at the beginning of this film. I don't know if it was smoking or drinking or what, but to me Bacall did not age well. While she was stunning in her 20s in all her movies with Bogie, by her early 30s she was already looking old. Just hard edged. Maybe part of it was that she filmed better in black and white too. I don't think she comes off as well in her color pictures. View all replies >