Martin falls in love with Lucia and tries to help her too. While fighting with girlfriend Bea Harper (Geraldine Brooks), Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick) takes a spill that leads to his death. | The Reckless Moment. Parents Guide.
Yet when Martin and Lucia grow increasingly close, the scheme starts to splinter.
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. Desperate to keep her daughter out of jail, Bea's mother, Lucia (Joan Bennett), disposes of the body.
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This was Mason's third U.S. film, after having appeared in director Ophüls' Caught (released February 1949) then in Vincente Minnelli's Madame Bovary (released August 1949).
Donnelly wants $5000 for the letters. While the movie was Ophüls' last to be shot in the United States, it was also the last movie adaptation of any of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s books while she was alive.
While her husband is away on business, Lucia confronts Darby, a low-life Los Angeles criminal, and demands he stop seeing her 17-year-old daughter, Bea.
Ted Darby is exactly what she expected and he's quite amenable to stop seeing Bea - provided Lucia pays him appropriately. SEE DETAILS. She responds by telling him he has simplified the situation, that when she tells Bea "how deeply you feel about her" the girl will be glad to break off with him. She uses a motorboat and disposes of the body in a swamp; it is found, and a murder investigation begins.
He tries to allow her more time, he tells her he has declined his 'cut' and that if she can get half the money, he may be able to mollify Nagel.
She assures him she does not accept her mother's version of things, but he indicates he could do with some money and that it does not mean the two could not continue to be together. Tyler Posey realizes he's on his own in an exclusive clip from 'Alone,' now on FandangoNOW, What to Watch on FandangoNOW: ‘Unhinged,’ ‘The Opening Act,’ Miranda July’s ‘Kajillionaire’ and More, This Week in Movie News: 2 ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies 2 Go After ‘F9,’ Joaquin Phoenix is Napoleon for Ridley Scott. FULL SYNOPSIS.
Bea is repulsed by this and, during an ensuing struggle, she hits him and he goes down to his knees.
It was first released in Detroit, Michigan, on October 29, 1949. Her seventeen year-old daughter Beatrice is in love with Ted. Meanwhile, Lucia's suspicions that Ted had sleazy friends are confirmed when gangster Martin Donnelly (James Mason) materializes with the intention of extorting cash from the Darbys. The next morning, however, she finds him lying dead by a jetty. He agrees, but with the caveat that Lucia pay him.
When Darby agrees to leave Bea alone for a price, Lucia refuses to pay him off, convinced that her daughter will have no interest in a man who would accept that kind of money.
Bea tells Lucia how the police mentioned that, just before dying, the man pinned beneath the vehicle admitted to killing Darby. Plot Keywords
Her troubles are only beginning however as one of Darby's friends, Martin Donnelly, arrives with some of Bea's letters to Darby in hand and blackmail on his mind. He will not accept her story and says that while the man in custody may be innocent of this he is "guilty of a hundred other things" and it does not matter, she needs to think of her family.
He gives her the letters. | The next morning Lucia discovers Darbys dead body and believes that daughter Bea will be blamed so she dumps the body in the lagoon far from their house. The last of director Max Ophüls' Hollywood films, The Reckless Moment doesn't necessarily distinguish itself other than Joan Bennett's intense performance. When Nagle discovers that Donnelly is backing down from Lucia he goes to demand the money himself engaging in a battle with his minion. The characters are often put under duress while talking on the telephone or driving a car.
Lucia is stricken with guilt because she knows Darby was not actually murdered; she tries to convince Donnelly that she is the killer.
He agrees, but with the caveat that Lucia pay him. Without telling her family, Lucia Harper drives from her seaside home in Balboa to Los Angeles to warn reprobate Ted Darby to stay away from her seventeen-year-old daughter Beatrice. After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.
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Sign up for a FANALERT® and be the first to know when tickets and other exclusives are available in your area. Synopsis by Tom Vick A blend of melodrama and film noir, The Reckless Moment stars Joan Bennett as Lucia Harper, a suburban housewife whose husband is away on business.
A characteristic of Ophüls' films is his use of the baroque film style.
Having discovered Bea missing, Lucia searches for her. This creates a contrast between the tension of the dialogue and the ease of the character’s movements. , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Reckless_Moment&oldid=983613794, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 07:06. The Reckless Moment was filmed in both Balboa, Newport Beach and Los Angeles, California.
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