A tense melodrama projecting good mood and suspense has been fashioned out of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s Ladies Home Journal yarn, The Blank Wall [adaptation by Mel Dinelli and Robert E. Kent]. Matter-of-fact technique used in the script and by Max Ophuls’ direction doesn’t permit much warmth to develop for the characters. Production gains in authentic values by using the seaside resort of Balboa and commercial sections of Los Angeles.
Plot wrings out suspense in its concern with a mother who becomes involved in murder and blackmail to save her daughter from the consequences of a romance with an unsavory older man.
James Mason’s ability as an actor makes his assignment as a blackmailer very substantial and Joan Bennett shows up exceptionally well in a part that is tinged with coldness despite the fact it deals with a mother’s concern and Henry O’Neill is good as the grandfather.