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  • Great Suspenseful Thriller

    • dynomite
    • 8/14/17

    Great acting all-around.Ralph Meeker can play a psychopath as chillingly as George Macready's escapee in "House For Sale" in 4 Star Theater production where he terrorizes Ida Lupino,and Meeker does Ms Barbara.Want to see this again and again,and the males don't know how much Barbarawent thru to get help!

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    • kevin sellers
    • 3/21/17

    Nice job of melding two genres...woman in jeopardy and race against time...in a tight, suspenseful hour and fifteen min. Kudos to director John Sturges for his directorial pacing and to screenwriter Mel Dinelli for dialogue that is blessedly free of pretentious speeches and with interesting quirks of character, especially from Barbara Stanwyck and Ralph Meeker. And to answer my esteemed TCM colleague Raymond Binacki's question, yes Stanwyck did have to sleep with Meeker to save her husband. The other, more relevant question that this film poses (but does not clearly answer) is, Does She Enjoy It? Stanwyck, as always when she allows her hardness and sexuality full play, is excellent, as is Meeker playing a fascinating combination of vice and virtue. At first the kid actor, Lee Aaker, kinda got on my nerves by being kind of Opie goes to Baja but as the film progresses he gets less cute and more believable. And credit Sturges for dialing down the kid's hysterics as the tide comes in. Rounding out the cast is a low key but effective Barry Sullivan as the dad. So, even though it gets kind of TVish at times with the phony backdrops and general small screen feel, it's a most entertaining movie from one of Hollywood's masters of escapism, (Sturges). Give it a B plus. P.S. Another interesting element is Stanwyck's narration which is not overdone and is a welcome respite from the usual droning male voice that is assigned this job in 99% of sexist Hollywood cinema.

  • Slow start, furious finish....

    • Ron
    • 12/1/13

    Fifty years hence you may blame this movie from starting out painfully slow, but it pays off in the end. Indeed, Hitchcock did his share of "slow burns" in many films; "The Lady Vanishes" comes to mind, where, in today's world you are almost BEGGING them to GET ON WITH IT!But it was a different time. And in the end, it all works terribly well.Stanwyck is, as always, remarkable, but Sullivan and Aaker really step up. I give Sturges a lot of credit for the way Sullivan changes over time, including his final scenes in the water, in which he doesn't speak at all.I have niggling issues here and there; a) why was the kid SO sanguine about being in the pounding surf? Is he perfect? b) with lumber laying around, why didn't Sullivan suggest the use of a lever? (OK, maybe too heavy for the wife and kid....)Anyway, minor bit. All in all, a relatively compelling saga which will keep engaged, right to the very last....

  • "Jeopardy" - And Much More!

    • Raymond Banacki
    • 11/21/13

    John Sturges could turn extreme situations into very memorable movies. This one is about as tense and taut as a movie thriller could get. It's like a blast of cold air from an on-coming hurricane. Thanks to Sturges, Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan and Lee Aaker become an iconic family in jeopardy. (Just one perplexing question - Did Stanwyck have to sleep with Meeker to get him to save Sullivan?).

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    • Joseph Borkson
    • 11/20/13

    I saw this movie once at the tender age of 9 years old and it has haunted me at times since then. I'm not sure why, but I think it has something to do with the setting, the loneliness of the Baja, and the one on one danger that Stanwyk suddenly finds herself. Fear is always heightened by solitude and the Baja is one of those especially lonely places.

  • Jeopardy (1953)

    • James Higgins
    • 3/4/10

    Barbara Stanwyck is always worth watching (although I would be hesitant driving with her after seeing this film). Incredible pace, very taut thriller. It is non stop action from start to finish. Good score and very suspenseful. Fine performances, especially Stanwyck.

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