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The Woman on the Beach

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1947
  • Jean Renoir
  • 70 mins
  • PG

Summary

Film noir starring Joan Bennett and Robert Ryan. Troubled Coast Guard Scott meets beautiful Peggy on the beach one day and finds himself immediately attracted to her, even though she's married to a famous artist who is now blind. Gradually, lovestruck Scott becomes involved in the couple's fractious relationship.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Jean Renoir regarded his seven-year sojourn in America as wasted time. Yet, in spite of the harmful cuts ordered by studio bosses at RKO, there is no denying the quality of his parting shot to Hollywood. Joan Bennett, in the title role, reinforced the reputation she forged in such Fritz Lang features as The Woman in the Window and Scarlet Street as one of film noir's finest femmes fatales. By focusing on her highly charged interaction with blind husband Charles Bickford and shell-shocked lifeguard Robert Ryan, Renoir produced a smouldering melodrama that never relaxes its grip.

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Credits

Cast

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Peggy ButlerJoan Bennett
Lt Scott BurnettRobert Ryan
Ted ButlerCharles Bickford
Eve GeddesNan Leslie
JimmyJay Norris
Otto WerneckeWalter Sande
Mrs WerneckeIrene Ryan

Crew

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DirectorJean Renoir

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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