“You know perfectly well I’m Julia Ross!”
A woman (Nina Foch) believes she is being hired as a live-in secretary for an elderly woman (Dame May Whitty) and her grown son (George Macready); in actuality, the pair plan to pass her off as Macready’s murdered wife, and then kill her in an “accident”.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Joseph H. Lewis Films
- “No One Believes Me!”
- Plot to Murder
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this “riveting melodrama” by director Joseph H. Lewis — a 65-minute movie that moves along at a clip, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and has a satisfying conclusion — is an “exceptional ‘B’ suspense thriller”, exactly the type of story Hitchcock would have enjoyed filming given its extreme suspense and paranoia-driven plot. Peary points out that it “bears [a] slight resemblance to So Long at the Fair, only here the woman has to prove her own existence rather than the existence of a brother.” He also notes that you “feel more frightened for Foch than for Ingrid Bergman in Notorious when she’s trapped in the house with Claude Rains and his evil mother”, and posits that while Macready played many chilling villains,” “none is scarier than the character he plays here.” Remade by Arthur Penn in 1987 as Dead of Winter with Mary Steenburgen, but this version remains much better in every way.
- Many suspenseful scenes
Yes; definitely check this one out.