The Reckless Moment (1949) – Crime, Drama, Film Noir – Geraldine Brooks, James Mason & Joan Bennett



In the charming community of Balboa 50 miles from Los Angeles, middle-class housewife Lucia Harper travels to Los Angeles to meet scoundrel, Ted Darby. Her seventeen year-old daughter Beatrice is in love with Ted. He asks for money to leave Bea, but Lucia refuses to give any. Bea does not believe her mother when told and during the night she sneaks out to the boat garage to meet Ted who admits that Lucia told the truth.

Cast:
James Mason as Martin Donnelly
James Mason was born in Huddersfield and had a film career spanning over 50 years during which he appeared in over 100 films in England and America but never won an Oscar. Whatever role he played, from the wounded Belfast gunman in Odd Man Out to Rommel in The Desert Fox, his creamy velvet voice gave him away. Like Charlie Chaplin James left the…..

Joan Bennett as Lucia Harper
Joan Geraldine Bennett was born on February 27, 1910, in Palisades, New Jersey. Her parents were both successful stage actors, especially her father, Richard Bennett, and often toured the country for weeks at a time. In fact, Joan came from a long line of actors, dating back to the 18th century. Often, when her parents were on tour, Joan and her…..

Geraldine Brooks as Beatrice ‘Bea’ Harper
A resolute, blue-eyed brunette with attractive, slightly pinched features, Geraldine Brooks was born to a Dutch couple on October 29, 1925, in New York City. Her parents had a theater-based background — father, James Stroock, owned a top costume company and mother, Bianca, was a costume designer and stylist. In dance shoes from age 2, her closer…..

Henry O’Neill as Tom Harper
Suave, well-mannered, silvery-haired character actor Henry (Joseph) O’Neill played top supports in hundreds of films, often as a benign, wise, sensible father, judge, doctor, minister, general, executive or lawyer. Much of his patrician career was split between two studios: Warner Bros in the 1930s and MGM in the 1940s. O’Neill was born in Orange…..

Shepperd Strudwick as Ted Darby
Actor Shepperd Strudwick had dark, dignified, matinée-styled good looks but with a slightly shady countenance that may have prevented him from attaining top “leading man” stardom in films. Nevertheless he earned distinguished marks in a number of films and returned most frequently to his first love, the theater, throughout his career. The North…..

David Bair as David Harper
David Bair was born on July 15, 1934. He is an actor, known for Gun Crazy (1950), When Time Ran Out (1980) and The Old Testament Scriptures (1958)…..

Roy Roberts as Nagel
Veteran character player Roy Roberts proudly claimed over 900 performances in a 40-year career. He might not have been known necessarily by name, but the face was distinct and obviously familiar. The prototype of the steely executive, the no-nonsense mayor, the assured banker, the stentorian leader, Roberts looked out of place without his patented…..

Jessie Arnold as Old Lady
Jessie Arnold was born on December 3, 1884 in Lyons, Michigan, USA. She was an actress, known for The Dark Mirror (1920), The Wager (1912) and Shoes (1916). She died on May 5, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA…..

Directed by:
Max Ophüls
Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He had begun to work under his pseudonym Max…..

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