Review: ‘Moment to Moment’

Mervyn LeRoy, who has tackled just about every type of film, returns to romantic melodrama in Moment to Moment, an unabashed sudser. A mild suspense story blending a wife's infidelity and amnesia, the film doesn't entirely jell for several reasons, mainly thin scripting, weak acting and LeRoy's own too-leisurely pace.

Mervyn LeRoy, who has tackled just about every type of film, returns to romantic melodrama in Moment to Moment, an unabashed sudser. A mild suspense story blending a wife’s infidelity and amnesia, the film doesn’t entirely jell for several reasons, mainly thin scripting, weak acting and LeRoy’s own too-leisurely pace.

John Lee Mahin joined Alec Coppel in adapting latter’s story [Laughs with a Stranger] about a happily-married Yank wife, increasingly neglected by headshrinker hubby who is on the lecture circuit all over Europe while she and the kid remain on the Riviera. A US naval officer has an affair with her, provoking a physical argument and a shooting.

Jean Seberg lacks dimension as the wife, even allowing for the script. In early scenes, an overly passive limning # which suggests jaded boredom instead of a well-adjusted spouse in a single fall from grace # robs the role of most sympathy.

Moment to Moment

Production

Universal/Le Roy. Director Mervyn LeRoy; Producer Mervyn LeRoy; Screenplay John Lee Mahin, Alec Coppel; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Philip W. Anderson; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Alfred Sweeney

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Jean Seberg Honor Blackman Sean Garrison Arthur Hill Gregoire Aslan Peter Robbins

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