Release year: 1954
Director: Douglas Sirk
Screenwriter: Robert Blees, Lloyd C. Douglas (based on the novel by)
Starring: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes moorehead, Otto Kruger, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer, Paul Cavangh
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Actress (Jane Wyman)
The reckless behavior of a playboy Bob (Hudson) has tragic consequences for newly wed Helen (Wyman). When Bob finds himself smitten with Helen it starts a change in him. But then tragedy strikes again.
Sirk’s (Imitation of Life, 1959) dramatic romance is the type of dramas that in lesser hands could have been a movie version of a soap opera. The story is definitely cheesy and sugar sweet enough. As it is, it is left in the hands of Hudson (Pillow Talk, 1959) and Wyman (The Lost Weekend, 1945), both of whom ooze charm as well as deliver restrained performances lifting this to a sweet but undeniable charming romance. Hudson’s character goes through big change through the movie, inspired by the goodness of Wyman’s character. The morale of the story is one of forgiveness and karma, what goes around comes around. It may only be Hudson who at first keeps you thinking this is more than just romantic gibberish, but you soon find you captivated by the story, mainly due to the strong performances from the two leads. There are some beautiful settings which perfectly underlines and supports without removing focus from the story of two lovely characters. Delightful for anyone who enjoys a good romance, perhaps not so much if you don’t.
Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman reunited in Douglas Sirk’s 1955 romantic drama All That Heaven Allows.
Lloyd C. Douglas’s novel was also adapted in 1935 starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor.
This was one of Hudson’s first starring roles and the won that made him a star.
Picture copyrights: UIP