The Unfaithful

A fine melodrama loosely updating Somerset Maugham's The Letter to take in the problem of lonely wartime wives. The magnificent Sheridan gives one of her best performances as the woman who falls from grace, and is then forced to kill her importunate lover (alleging that he is an intruder) to prevent the husband she loves from finding out. A little florid as her trial builds to an impassioned plea for understanding (though Scott as the husband, and Ayres as the sympathetic defence counsel, both give good support); but the rest, co-scripted by David Goodis and including a blackmailer among its tortuous thriller-style ramifications, is beautifully handled.

Release details

Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincent Sherman
Screenwriter: David Goodis, James Gunn
Cast: Ann Sheridan
Lew Ayres
Zachary Scott
Eve Arden
Steve Geray
Jerome Cowan
John Hoyt
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