“Haven’t you heard? Love conquers all.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
It’s notable for offering Joanne Woodward her second film role, though she’s killed off midway through, and apparently Woodward hated this movie (I can’t say I blame her, given that she comes across as not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed).
Virginia Leith is fine and beautiful (if undistinguished) as her brunette sister:
… in what appears to be her only GFTFF-listed film, though she had a role in Stanley Kubrick’s debut feature — Fear and Desire (1953) — and is apparently beloved for her beheaded role in The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962). Meanwhile, Wagner is appropriately smarmy and charming as a man foolish enough to date his murder victim’s sister (talk about tools not being very sharp! — or perhaps simply hubris inevitably causing one’s downfall).
Watch for Mary Astor in a bit role as Wagner’s lower-class mother.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: