Directed by Max Ophuls • 1949 • United States
Starring James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan
One of the outstanding and often overlooked films that the legendary European filmmaker Max Ophuls (THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . .) made during his Hollywood exile is a visually superb, noir-tinged study of a woman in crisis. After she marries the cruel millionaire Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan, whose character was modeled on Howard Hughes), Leonora (Barbara Bel Geddes), a young model, realizes that his controlling ways are symptoms of a terrifying insanity. Her attempts to leave Smith and restart her life as an assistant to the kind doctor Larry Quinada (James Mason) are complicated, however, when she discovers she is pregnant. Now, Leonora must resort to drastic measures to free herself from her psychotic husband.