Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1956. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by N. Richard Nash, based on his play. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Alex North. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Warren Low.
An unmarried daughter is such serious business that in this film it’s the cause of major drama. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as the vulnerable woman in question, whose spinster state has her loving father (Lloyd Bridges) worried about her future. Enter smooth con man (Burt Lancaster) who woos the lady into a love affair and convinces her to accept no substitute. There’s some great acting, but like most theatrical adaptations of the period it’s a bit too obvious that this film is based on a play.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn); Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Golden Globe Award: Best Supporting Actor (Earl Holliman)
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Burt Lancaster); Best Actress-Drama (Katharine Hepburn)