Sooner or later it was bound to happen - a film based on the celebrated onetime Hollywood scandal of the daughter of a film star stabbing to death her mother's paramour. Picture takes its cue in close detail from this incident and patently was inspiration for the Harold Robbins novel. Scene is changed from Hollywood to San Francisco, and the mother now is a society woman witth a bent for sculpture.

Sooner or later it was bound to happen – a film based on the celebrated onetime Hollywood scandal of the daughter of a film star stabbing to death her mother’s paramour. Picture takes its cue in close detail from this incident and patently was inspiration for the Harold Robbins novel. Scene is changed from Hollywood to San Francisco, and the mother now is a society woman witth a bent for sculpture.

Sufficient ingenuity and shock value in character delineation have been interwoven into the screenplay to maintain high-tempoed interest as the yarn revolves around a bitter divorced couple come together again briefly to save their daughter after the 15-year-old girl kills her mother’s lover.

Susan Hayward and Bette Davis share top honors in impressive performances, former as the daughter whose life is a story of indiscretions. Davis, smart in a white wig, plays the autocratic mother, who always sees that the family name is protected at any price, a scheming woman of unscrupulous methods and seemingless inexhaustible means. Picture is a brilliant showcase for both actresses and projects them in roles which will find much comment. As the mixed-up teenager who never knew domestic happiness, Joey Heatherton is ideally cast and delivers a compelling portrayal.

1964: Nomination: Best Song (‘Where Love Has Gone’)

Where Love Has Gone

Production

Paramount. Director Edward Dmytryk; Producer Joseph E. Levine; Screenplay John Michael Hayes; Camera Joseph MacDonald; Editor Frank Bracht; Music Walter Scharf; Art Director Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

Susan Hayward Bette Davis Michael Connors Joey Heatherton Jane Greer DeForest Kelley
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