Portrait In Black (1960)

MICHAEL GORDON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1960.  Screenplay by , , based on their play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Campy Ross Hunter soap opera, one of those melodramas where housewives put gorgeous gowns on in the morning for breakfast. Lana Turner is hilariously overripe as an unhappy second wife to a crotchety industrialist () who is unaware that she is in love with his doctor (Anthony Quinn). She and Quinn conspire to kill her husband in order to be together, but after they pull off what appears to be the perfect murder, they start getting mysterious letters in the mail from someone claiming to know what they’ve done. Their suspicions for who is taunting them lead them to everyone in their world, from colleagues to servants, as they work their way towards what turns out to be an insipid finale in a film that is only for those who love watching the glamorous plasticity of 1950s Hollywood. Features the great in one of her last performances.

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