AND THEN we meet this wonderful wife Kay who you just can't help but immediately respond to with love and warmth: well then imagine the internal conflict we, the audience, would have had as the director could have manipulated the picture trying to get us to pick sides - and then ultimately in the end we feel sympathy for them both as they both lost someone they loved and find comfort in each other.
This would have been a better film we had been given the background to invest our emotions into it.
Still - SEE THIS MOVIE: if anything for Glynis Johns's performance alone! Or if you are a huge Sean Connery fan - he is very handsome in this picture.. at the very least rent this film from netflix. I hope my "spoilers" haven't ruined the film for you. Honestly, you already know what is going to happen while watching the movie - there aren't any surprises. I haven't told you anything you wouldn't have figured out yourself.
If you are a Lana Turner fan - I suggest The Postman Always Rings Twice, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941), Ziegfeld Girl & The Three Musketeers for fresh & LUMINOUS Lana Turner performances!
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941) has the added bonus of not only a terrific Lana Turner performance - also a VERY SALACIOUS Ingrid Bergman!! The 1932 version has a performance by Miriam Hopkins that will blow your mind!!! This double-feature disc is a sure delight!!
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The Stompanato murder case
Turner met Johnny Stompanato during the spring of 1957, but after she discovered his ties to the LA underworld, she tried to break off the affair out of fear of bad publicity. Stompanato was not easily deterred, however, & In the fall of 1957, Stompanato followed Turner to England where she was filming Another Time, Another Place, costarring Sean Connery, later of James Bond fame. Fearful that Turner was having an affair with Connery, Stompanato stormed onto the set brandishing a gun. Connery managed to land a single punch to Stompanato's jaw and took away his gun (already a real-life James Bond?). Stompanato was soon deported by Scotland Yard for the incident. Back in the States, On the evening of April 4, 1958, Lana and Stompanato began a violent argument in Turner's house in Beverly Hills. Fearing her mother's life was in danger, Turner's then 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl Crane grabbed a kitchen knife and ran to Turner's defense. She stabbed Stompanato, killing him. The case quickly became a media sensation. It was later deemed a justifiable homicide at a coroner's inquest, at which Turner provided dramatic testimony. Some observers have said her testimony that day was the acting performance of her life.
The film was then released four months ahead of schedule to capitalize on the Johnny Stompanato murder. How's that for the studio being sensitive to their Stars Private Lives?
Maybe the Studio was more concerned with releasing the film quickly to capitalize on the scandal than they were with making a quality picture. Perhaps all the scenes I wished for do exist and just fell to the cutting room floor - edited out in a time crunch to release the film four months earlier. This is only a theory. Not fact.