Top critical review
on 22 January 2012
Three teenage children are in the large posh house in Iverstown on the night that Judith Anderson (Mrs Ivers) is killed by a blow to the head. We know who the killer is and the story then moves forward several years as Van Heflin (Sam) arrives back in Iverstown and hooks up with runaway Lizabeth Scott (Toni) for a night of passion. He is just drifting through town and decides to look up old friend Kirk Douglas (Walter) who is now married to Barbara Stanwyck (Martha Ivers). Heflin, Douglas and Stanwyck were the three children in the house on the night that Judith Anderson died all those years ago. Memories are revisited and paranoia sets in as the three old friends turn against each other.
This is an entertaining film that is a little long but worth the watch. You know that it's not going to turn out well for someone.....but who....? The cast are all good although I think Lizabeth Scott sounds a bit weird on occasion. We are encouraged to follow the story by sympathizing with Van Heflin but does he make it out of Iverstown? The film starts well and gets you hooked into the story on a stormy night.
I've just watched the film again and I've had to take my mark down a star to 3. It drags.