Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.
The film was made around the time Jack L. Warner asked the studio's cinematographers and art directors to "devise new means of cutting corners without losing any of the quality." Apparently there was concern that too much detail was being used in sets which, in turn, took more time to light and, thus, slowed up production. Despite this proclamation, the film suffered no loss of set detail. Beneath its noir lighting lay strikingly complex settings like the Beragon beach house, which was so essential to the plot that it opens the film. Beragon's home is a twisting maze of rooms and staircases that perfectly represent Grot's desire to build "menace into the sets."
You know, you keep on refusing me, and one of these days I'm going to start thinking you're stubborn.
The placement of the hat stand after Bert arrives home.
The opening credits are presented with a background ocean scene that "washes" the credits on the screen.
Also shown in computer colorized version.