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  • 1958
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Simmons gives a superb performance that overcomes the glossy direction of LeRoy. She is returning home to husband O'Herlihy after spending time in a mental institution because of a breakdown. Upon her return, she finds her stepmother Albertson and stepsister Fleming. Since the hint of a possible romance between her husband and Fleming triggered the breakdown,...read more

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Simmons gives a superb performance that overcomes the glossy direction of LeRoy. She is returning home to husband O'Herlihy after spending time in a mental institution because of a breakdown. Upon her return, she finds her stepmother Albertson and stepsister Fleming. Since the hint of a

possible romance between her husband and Fleming triggered the breakdown, Simmons is already on unsteady ground. She befriends Zimbalist, a colleague of her husband at a small New England college. He is the only Jewish faculty member and is disliked by O'Herlihy. Zimbalist and Simmons fall in love

and the film ends with hopeful feelings. This is heavy material but LeRoy treats it as little more than soap opera. At the heart of it all is Simmons. There is a marvelous poignancy and even intensity.

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  • Review: Simmons gives a superb performance that overcomes the glossy direction of LeRoy. She is returning home to husband O'Herlihy after spending time in a mental institution because of a breakdown. Upon her return, she finds her stepmother Albertson and stepsist… (more)

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