Born To Be Bad (1950)

NICHOLAS RAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1950.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by , additional dialogue by , , adaptation by , based on the novel All Kneeling by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .

Joan Fontaine has a great time in this smaller version of All About Eve. She plays a social-climber who moves from her aunt’s home to the big city of New York to begin work for her uncle as his editing assistant at his publishing firm.  The woman who currently holds the job () is about to get married to a millionaire () and won’t be holding the position much longer; as soon as Fontaine gets it into her head to snag the millionaire, Leslie will find herself without a fiance too.  Fontaine isn’t all ambition, however, and her plans are almost foiled when sexy Robert Ryan comes along and makes her blood boil. Nicholas Ray’s steamy social drama is a bit cheesy at times, but it’s also very enjoyable and juicy, with a full throttle performance by its lovely lead.

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