The principal difficulty in Isobel Lennart’s screenplay [from Marcia Davenport’s bestselling novel] is that there’s too much visible planting of threads to be ostentatiously picked up later, and the coincidences are rampant. The opportune ringing of that telephone bell, too, is a device that’s overworked.
The yarn itself is one of husbandly infidelity in a New York society setting with all the trimmings. James Mason plays the cad mate who finds other women irresistible in the same way that an alcoholic can’t keep from reaching for a bottle. Barbara Stanwyck is the wife done wrong, but who loves him so much she can’t give him up despite his widely advertised philandering.
Performances throughout are convincing with Ava Gardner probably grabbing top honors as the willful and attractive vixen. Mervyn LeRoy’s direction is, as usual, competent.