Otto Preminger’s gleefully perverse murder mystery is packed with surprises and memorable performances.
Dir Otto Preminger
With Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price
Otto Preminger’s film of Vera Caspary’s novel is a pleasingly perverse and subversive variation on the classic murder mystery, with a police detective (Andrews) becoming morbidly mesmerised by a painted portrait of the young woman whose violent death he’s investigating. A compellingly cynical study of high-society manners, fueled by a witheringly witty narration by unashamedly egotistical columnist Waldo Lydecker (Webb).