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cause for alarm
- kevin sellers
Like a lot of decent 1950s dramas of suburban life, there is a wonderful contrast between the craziness indoors and the placidity of the "Ozzie And Harriet" world outdoors. And Tay Garnett, one of the better directors from this era, expresses this dichotomy without thrusting it in your face. The performances from Loretta Young and Barry Sullivan are also good. She, for once, dials down the histrionics (Garnett's influence, perhaps?) and Sullivan is such a fine psycho that I wish he hadn't died halfway through the film. A lot of creepy energy is lost in the second half as a result. My big problem with this otherwise engaging thriller is the ludicrous story by Larry Marcus, which asks you to just go with the fact that a husband can turn from loving spouse to a murderous maniac in the course of a day, to the complete astonishment of his wife. (She says in her voice over narration that there have been changes in his demeanor, but, undramatically in the flashback sequence, we do not see them.) For this piece of absurdity and a crashingly dull actor named Bruce Cowling as the kindly doc with whom Young will start a new life let's give this movie a B minus.
Cause for Alarm!
Loretta Young's character has cause for alarm indeed, to the point that she's running here and there and fibbing to every person she runs in to. What I found particularly interesting, and entertaining, about this little thriller were all of the odd supporting characters. -- The postman, the pharmacist, the neighbor, the visiting aunt, the post office executive -- they are all to some degree rigid and puritanical. (though the neighbor softens a bit later.) It makes for a very quirky little neck of suburbia. I think Hitchcock would have loved this story for that aspect of it, as well as for the state of panic to which Loretta's character is brought, and a couple nifty plot twists. Of course, by this time he was involved in bigger projects.
Please show again.....
I always seem to miss this film; and I even have the TCM reminders in advance....and I always seem to remember after it is shown....I hope you'll put it on your programming again in the not too distant future....pretty please.....
This theme of this highly original little thriller seems really to be the dysfunction that can hide behind the faade of bland, middle class life. Mr. Jones (Barry Sullivan) is bed-ridden with a heart condition and his mind has been effected. He spends every moment tormenting his faithful, long-suffering spouse (Loretta Young). The early scenes of unhinged sadism are hard to watch. Later the plot's wheels begin to turn and we of course get caught up. This is Young's show all the way; her performance is spot on. "Cause for Alarm!" is an odd project for MGM to have undertaken at the time. Taking place in just a few rooms of a modest home, it comes across more like a low budget RKO film noir of the same period.
Engrossing Little Movie
The lovely Loretta Young was superb in this engrossing little movie about a woman who races against time to prevent herself from being framed for the murder of her vengeful husband. You can read every emotion on Loretta's face and feel the tension escalate as the clock ticks. Well acted, engrossing story and wonderfully done.
Este um filme maravilhoso com a talentosa Loretta Young. Sua interpretao excelente. O roteiro do filme muito bom. Um filme nota 10
Better Than Advertised
Loretta Young is wonderful in this movie. Ordinarily, not a Young fan, she shows unusual restraint in this tense drama.If only the last 10 minutes could have been re-directed or rewritten. A potential classic would have resulted.I would recommend. Barry Sullivan is also convincing as the invalid hubby slowly losing his mind...and his health!
Loretta Young is wonderful as always, so vulnerable and anxious to please, but quite energetic and savvy in trying to set things right in a bureaucratic postal nightmare (those rules are true) while in peril at home. You will want to kick that letter carrier and slap her husband silly.