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Friday, November 2, 2018

The Guilt Of Janet Ames (1947)

A bitter woman (Rosalind Russell) whose husband was killed in WWII saving five men attempts to seek out those men to see if they were worthy of being saved. But fate has something else in store for her when she is struck by a truck and paralyzed. Directed by Henry Levin (WHERE THE BOYS ARE). This overly ambitious melodrama bites off more than it can chew. It goes overboard with the dime story Psychology 101 and its heavy handed surrealistic visions of the lives of the men saved. The film can't help but collapse under all the "artistic" weight placed on its shoulders. It thinks it's being complex when it's being simplistic. Even Rosalind Russell, normally a strong and attractive screen presence, is ultimately rendered unappealing. With Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar (channeling Danny Kaye), Nina Foch, Betsy Blair and Hugh Beaumont. 

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