Cramming the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur legiter, Ladies and Gentlemen, into a fast-stepping film was a tough trick. It has been done admirably by scripter Edith Sommer and slammed home forcefully by director Bretaigne Windust.

Cramming the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur legiter, Ladies and Gentlemen, into a fast-stepping film was a tough trick. It has been done admirably by scripter Edith Sommer and slammed home forcefully by director Bretaigne Windust.

Stars are spotted as jurors in a murder trial. Dennis Morgan is a married man with two children, Ginger Rogers a divorcee. They fall in love. Margalo Gillmore, whose husband has deserted her, holds out for the death sentence because the accused had asked his wife for a divorce before she was pushed, or fell, from a cliff. Suspense mounts neatly, hand-in-glove with the love story, to a gripping climax.

Picture is a top credit for producer Jerry Wald – different, provocative, adult. Morgan and Rogers are in top form.

Perfect Strangers

Production

Warner. Director Bretaigne Windust; Producer Jerry Wald; Screenplay Edith Sommer; Camera J. Peverell Marley; Editor David Weisbart; Music Leigh Harline

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Dennis Morgan Thelma Ritter Margalo Gillmore Anthony Ross
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