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April 11th, 2018

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: A crime plot filled not just with passion and much more that reins in the viewer to it, excellent performance by Barbara Stanwyck adds the cherry on top.

Crime of Passion is a 1957 American crime film noir starring Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr. I had seen Raymond Burr only as Perry Mason on TV other than just one more film Rear Window (My review of the movie here). So when I came across this film on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) with him as one of the actor, I couldn’t resist watch it. And hence my review.

Crime of Passion is a tale about a successful newspaper advice columnist turned housewife, who after getting bored of being a housewife, resorts to criminal actions in order to further her husband's career in Los Angeles Police Department. And when her criminal actions lead to murder, it leaves to her husband to investigate.

Barbara Stanwyck is known for her powerful female oriented films. I believe the first time I saw her in a movie was the 1948 American crime film noir Sorry Wrong Number (My review of that movie that I posted quite a few years after) and I felt that she had created an impact on the screen. 11 years later she still gave the same impressive performance in this film. This was her last of the film noirs as well.

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