Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Forgotten Films: Born to be Bad

How can you resist a movie with a title like this one? Not to mention a cast like this one. Great stuff, and it's a very grown-up film for 1950. Joan Fontaine's fiance is Zachary Scott (a guy I always liked because he's from Texas), but she's hot for Robert Ryan, a tough-guy writer. Too bad that Scott has the dough while all Ryan has is sex appeal.

If you watched the trailer, you saw that this is a different role for Fontaine, who was usually more demure. Here, she's a scheming femme fatale who'd be just fine in an even darker movie. Joan Leslie's the good girl, and she's dandy, too.

Mel Ferrer plays a painter who gets all the good lines, and it seems pretty obvious that he's gay, though in 1950 nobody would've admitted that.

The movie's directed by Nicolas Ray, and while it's not as well known as some of his films, it's definitely worth a look if it turns up on TV.


iluvcinema said...

Good movie, excellent cast. Robert Ryan is definitely one of the better actors of his day. Let's hope that more people recognize it.

Cullen Gallagher said...

Terrific movie, caught it a few years ago on TCM.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Joan Fontaine seems too lady like to be bad.

J F Norris said...

Joan Fontaine played another wicked woman in Ivy based on a novel by Maria Belloc Lowndes. Her sister Olivia was better at playing the bad ladies, I think.