To save a man wrongly convicted of murder, Steve Martin reluctantly resumes his relationship with a widow and her son.To save a man wrongly convicted of murder, Steve Martin reluctantly resumes his relationship with a widow and her son.To save a man wrongly convicted of murder, Steve Martin reluctantly resumes his relationship with a widow and her son.
The detective story is kept to the minimum : a child is not always to be believed ,as Lilian Hellman showed in her play "the children's hour" (twice transferred to the screen by William Wyler as "these three" and with the original title).That's why the neighbor (George Nader) has his doubts: a long flashback provides the viewer with an inside view of the situation.
The brat ,a crippled child in the wake of an accident, seems to suffer from an Oedipus complex ;he does not want to share his mom with a man ,even though the generous benefactor goes out of his way to please him (the radio set) ; but there's more to the picture than meets the eye: the mother (Cornell Borchers) is actually an over possessive woman ,who poisons her child with protection under the veil of a devoted mom.
Although subject to gaffes (the baseball game on the radio) , the man (who changes too ,from some kind of playboy in the first scenes ,turns into a providential friend for two miserable human beings)knows better and tells her so in this hard line :"you put braces on his mind"
Although the movie goes over the top in its final scenes (the confrontation on the boat) , the moral is still relevant :if you want to be helped ,stop being sorry for yourself ...and don't use your fellow man as a scapegoat whose life you ruin.
- Sep 8, 2020