I can't believe this has never been released on Region 2 dvd. My VHS tape is wearing out!
Joan is just brilliant is this noir 'romantic' thriller. She plays Myra Hudson, wealthy San Francisco heiress and mega-successful playright. In New York to put the finishing touches to the staging of her latest work, she dismisses the lead man, Lester Blaine (Jack Palance), from the production, finding him not handsome enough for the part. Myra decides to take the train back to SF, but who is this 'coincidentally' boarding the train at the next stop? Why, it's Lester.....hmmm!
What follows is a wonderful twisty-turny rollercoaster of plotting, deceit, greed, lust and counter-plotting. Heavens, there's even a bottle of poison marked 'POISON' with a skull and crossbones on it! Throw the wonderfully sultry noir actress Gloria Grahame into the mix and you have everything for a nigh-perfect thriller. Joan spends the second half of the film with her eyes popping out of her head as she clatters up and down the hilly (deserted!?) streets of San Francisco in her fur coat and you-know-what heels with a killer in pursuit.
This is an overlooked must-see classic from Joan's back catalogue. Now will someone please issue it on Region 2 dvd!