This is Film Noir at its finest. Great cast, great director (Orson Welles, who also stars as The Bad Guy), but what I really wanted to mention is this lady: Loretta Young.  

If God ever made a babe-ier babe than Loretta Young, He must have kept her for Himself, and she wasn’t even all that young when she made this movie. I remember seeing her TV show in the late 1950’s, and even tho I hadn’t reached puberty yet, I recall having some ‘feelings’, ‘down there’ while watching it, if you know what I mean. She also delivered an outstanding performance in this film, but I don’t care. She was just great to look at.

She’d already had a ‘secret’ baby with Clark Gable by the time this one was made, stuck the little bastard unfortunate in an Orphanage and then ‘adopted’ it back a few years later. Everybody in Hollywood knew about it (she developed a mysterious ‘illness’ in 1936 and went to Europe to have the kid), but the resulting daughter didn’t even know about it until she was 23-years-old.

Watch this movie. The end scenes where The Bad Guy ‘gets it’ are worth the price of admission alone. Some of the best ever. Alfred Hitchcock would have been jealous (and probably was). You can see it on Netflix Instant Watch right now. There’s even a free trial. And I’m not being paid to say this. Yet.

RIP: Loretta Young 1913 – 2000. Best Actress Oscar: The Farmer’s Daughter, several Emmys, etc., etc. An incredible beauty, gifted performer and a genuine class act.

Interesting tidbit: Country Music great, Loretta Lynn was named after her.

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