11 September 2017 | claudio_carvalho
Weak Lead Character
In San Francisco, Dr. Jeff Cameron (Robert Mitchum) is ready to date his girlfriend, the nurse Julie Dorn (Maureen O'Sullivan), when they are summoned to the emergency room to attend a suicidal. The mysterious woman recovers and tells that her name is Margo (Faith Domergue). On the next morning, she flees from the hospital but sends a telegram to Dr. Cameron scheduling an encounter with him at home. Dr. Cameron finds that she is a wealthy woman and she tells that she lives with her old father and has no friends. Soon Dr. Cameron dates and falls in love with her and proposes Margo to marry him. However she tells that her father wants her to travel to Nassau with him and she leaves Cameron alone in the restaurant. He drinks a lot and completely drunken, Cameron goes to her house to meet her father Frederick Lannington (Claude Rains) to tell that he wants to marry Margo. But soon he learns that the wealthy Frederick is actually her husband in a marriage of convenience. When they have an argument, Frederick hits him on the head with a stick and Cameron pushes him and Frederick falls fainted on the floor near the fireplace. Cameron brings water to recover Frederick but he finds him dead. Now Margo convinces Cameron to flee with her to Mexico. What will Cameron do?
"Where Danger Lives" is a film-noir with a great femme fatale but a weak lead character. Faith Domergue is wonderful in the role of an unstable ambitious and manipulative woman. However, the character Dr. Jeff Cameron is a messy character that begins as a dedicated doctor but becomes inclusive disloyal to his girlfriend, the nurse Julie Dorn. But the worst is the corny conclusion, with Julie visiting him in the hospital nearby Mexico. The cinematography is black-and-white is magnificent. My vote is five.
Title (Brail): "Trágico Destino" ("Tragic Destiny")