A brilliant satire on the middle classes directed by the peerless Max Ophuls from the story The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal. Wonderfully cool photography of a coastal California town by Burnett Guffey distances us from this busy household where a self-absorbed teenage art student has the murder of her sleazy lover covered up by the mother (Joan Bennett) whose husband is busy saving the world in Berlin. Then James Mason comes to call to sort out a debt for his ‘friend’ … While Bennett does her best to save her reckless daughter from the consequences of her underage sexual drive, Mason plays an Irishman who wants to do the right thing by this wonderfully cynical woman and plays up the fatalism in much the same way he did in Odd Man Out. Fabulous. Written by Mel Dinelli, Robert E. Kent, Henry Garson and Robert Soderberg.