The Two Mrs Carrolls, adapted from the Martin Vale legiter, is more stage play than motion picture. Overladen with dialog as action substitute, it talks itself out of much of the suspense that should have developed. There is some femme appeal, however, in the Humphrey Bogart character as hero-villain.
Production format hugs stage technique in settings and carrying out story. Backgrounds never seem realistic but rather appear as grouped on stage. Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck and Alexis Smith feel the burden of dialog and unnatural characters but, under Peter Godfrey’s direction, manage to give material an occasional lift.
Plot deals with married artist who meets a new love while vacationing in Scotland. He returns to London, murders his wife by methodical poisoning and marries the new flame. Second marriage works okay until another attractive girl appears.