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They Won’t Believe Me (1947)

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You wait for years for a Robert Young movie then two come along at once, and on the same day, no less. Unlike Crossfire this hasn’t a political bone in its body – it’s really a melodramatic film noir, with a Cain-ish undertow of infidelity and murder. It was developed from a story by Gordon McDonell, who famously originated Hitchcock’s great Shadow of a Doubt. It was shepherded into production by Joan Harrison – who had been Hitchcock’s right-hand woman. Young is atypically casts as a philandering broker and Rita Johnson – a kind of straight arrow Monroe-alike – is terrific as his tolerant wife. There’s a really marvellous twist ending. And because it’s from RKO, it boasts Jane Greer, the go-to villainness. Those were the days.

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