“I heard Mr. Maurier say he wished she was dead.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Unfortunately, the storyline itself isn’t quite up to her estimable talents; Huxley’s attempt to set up an array of potential murder suspects in the first 20 minutes doesn’t prevent one from easily guessing the real culprit (if paying attention):
… and the pacing of the entire affair seems somewhat off. Meanwhile, it’s difficult to understand what Boyer sees in Blyth:
… and Cedric Hardwicke’s role as an omnipresent, ferociously understanding family doctor feels contrived at best.
With that said, atmospheric cinematography and Tandy’s brave, psychologically nuanced performance make this a melodrama you certainly won’t mind sitting through once.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: