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I like when I see a new girl in a movie. It makes the movie fresh and believable. I thought Domergue was good in the part but I can't help thinking this movie would have been snapping good with a young Bette Davis as Mitchum's seducer. This is the kind of part she owned and it is a great part because this is a strong, manipulative, unapologetic woman. I guess you had to be "crazy" to be that way in a 1950 film. Also, I think Mitchum's part should have been an uneducated, inexperienced young man - not a Dr. He could have been an athlete, mechanic, builder, store clerk anything is more likely to throw everything away and run off with a beautiful rich gal than a Dr.
Improbable but Highly Entertaining
In order to make this plot work, they had to come up with a reason to excuse Mitchum's character's astoundingly bad decisions, so they used a concussion. It's pretty weak, but Faith Domergue is great to watch. What agreat film noir psychopath! Claude Rains has a very small role, but he is brilliant as always, and really helps the story.