Crime of Passion (1957) 09/16/17
Witness the ‘fifties transformation of the femme fatale from scheming murderess to self-deluding social climber. Barbara Stanwyck redefines herself once again in Gerd Oswald’s best-directed picture, a searing portrayal of needs and anxieties in the nervous decade. With fine support from Raymond Burr, Virginia Grey and Royal Dano, but especially co-star Sterling Hayden, whose zero-to-sixty bruising physical assault is as believable as such scenes can be. Licensed from MGM, on Blu-ray from ClassicFlix.