Crime of Passion

The sin ... the lie ... the crime of passion.

Crime Drama Thriller
83 min     6.284     1956     USA


Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill, but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.


CinemaSerf wrote:
"Kathy" (Barbara Stanwyck) is a feisty journalist who is sent to get the "woman's angle" on a crime and encounters a rather sexist captain and his more reasonable lieutenant "Doyle" (Sterling Hayden). After a bit of an whirlwind romance, the couple marry and move in together. It doesn't take her too long to discover that her husband, though loving, is actually a bit of a plodder who is content to work in the same job, with the same dull people, until he collects his clock. Their relationship starts to founder a little and that's when she becomes friendly with his unhappy colleague "Tony" (Raymond Burr) and his unassuming wife "Alice" (Far Wray). Pretty swiftly there is some cheating going on, but that only frustrates "Kathy" further, forcing a tragedy that has her husband and his entire team focused on an investigation that can only wreak havoc with all of their lives. This starts off quite strongly, with Stanwyck having a few pithy lines to deliver. As it meanders along, though, it loses that sharpness and becomes a bit more of a standard romantic thriller gone wrong! Raymond Burr could never be described as versatile, and he and Hayden battle one and other to see who can be the most wooden. It is watchable but could lose twenty minutes, I thought, leaving us with a far tighter, less verbose, story of betrayal that might just have worked better.