“I can’t wander all my life… I’ve got to be going somewhere!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
— but the film on the whole is not quite satisfying, with both characters and plot underdeveloped. Fonda’s character is meant to be an enigmatic (how in the world did he come into Daisy’s life, anyway?), psychologically damaged milquetoast, with the ultimate result that he’s little less than a foil for Andrews’ unappealing womanizer.
A critical subplot about Warrick’s abusive treatment of Marshall (who looks appropriately traumatized):
… is the most intriguing element of the screenplay, but is glossed over. Apparently the film now holds a minor cult following, with DVD Savant writing that it is “dramatically and emotionally satisfying” and “easily one of Preminger’s best efforts” — but I can’t really agree.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: