Because the plot is completely devoted to hammering home the theme that man's personal integrity stands above all law, the picture develops a controversial element.
Because the plot is completely devoted to hammering home the theme that man’s personal integrity stands above all law, the picture develops a controversial element.The garrulous script which Ayn Rand did from her novel calls for a great deal of posturing by the cast and King Vidor’s direction permits much over-acting where underplaying might have helped develop a better emotional feeling and a truer sense of reality. Gary Cooper has an uneasy time in the miscasting as the plot’s hero, an architect who is such an individualist that he dynamites a charity project when the builders alter his plans. As Cooper’s co-star, Patricia Neal makes a moody heroine, afraid of love or any other honest feeling. Raymond Massey is allowed to be too flamboyant as the publisher.
Warner. Director King Vidor; Producer Henry Blanke; Screenplay Ayn Rand; Camera Robert Burks; Editor David Weisbart; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Edward Carrere
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 112 MIN.
Gary Cooper Patricia Neal Raymond Massey Kent Smith Henry Hull Robert Douglas