Daisy Kenyon (1947)
“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.
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Rewatched, and then posted in ‘The ’40s-’50s in Film’. Not must-see.
[“There’s nothing like a crisis to show what’s really inside people.”
‘Daisy Kenyon’ (1947): Alas, not one of Joan Crawford’s (or anyone else’s) finest hours. The first problem is the title. Joan may work quite well as someone named Mildred, Harriet or Blanche…but Daisy? But that’s a small issue compared with the (occasionally unintentionally funny) script. This one seems really chopped down from the source novel (which I haven’t read) but it also appears the novel might not be all that interesting to begin with. In the angst-ridden film, Joan has two men (Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda) after her (because, of course, she’s *that* much woman!). Andrews is married and is having issues considering getting a divorce. Fonda appears, more or less, out of nowhere – he’s also the kind of guy who says “I love you” during a first date (but, again, Joan is *all woman*, of course, so…). When Joan marries Fonda after thinking about it for, oh…two seconds…the real tug-of-war begins between the male rivals. Otto Preminger directed this…apparently with as little interest as everybody else.]