Girl, get outta that bed!!
Once you get over the fact that 40-year old Stanwyck is playing a wealthy
college coed who marries a 34-year old Burt Lancaster (who is also playing
twentysomething), this is a superb thriller with an ending that packs a
wallop no matter how many times you see it. The supporting casts includes
Leif Erickson from the TV series "HIGH CHAPARRAL" and a very young William
Conrad from "CANNON" fame. Next to "DOUBLE INDEMNITY", this is Stanwyck's
finest cinema moment as she metamorphisizes from a spoiled, wealthy
hypochondriac, so used to bending her husband and father to her will, into
terrified and helpless victim.
I still say "Girl, get outta bed and RUN!" every time I watch the
What a ride!
Just finished watching this gripping, tension-packed film noir thriller
and enjoyed every moment of it. Barbara Stanwyck is superb as the
spoiled rich woman trapped in her bedroom by illness and Burt
Lancaster, playing against his he-man type, is great as the compromised
husband who is stuck under the thumbs of his wife and her father.
As the story plays out in nearly real time, and as much of the present
dialog is spoken through phone calls, I admired the way the director
was able to weave in flashbacks that explain how the situation got to
such a serious, deadly point. Far from bogging down the plot, they
built the tension and suspense to such a point that when the shocking
and perfectly abrupt ending came, all I could say was, "Wow!".