I enjoyed this murder mystery with a touch of fantasy.
Joan Leslie is a leading Broadway actress who shoots her husband Louis Hayward on New Year’s Eve, then gets to live the year leading up to the murder over again, to try and change the ending!
Despite all her efforts,things don’t go as she planned .Her husband is still dead at the end of the re-run year. Knowing the future doesn’t help her.
Her friend ( played by Richard Basehart), at the end says,“Destiny’s a stubborn old girl. She doesn’t like people interfering with her plans.Anyway,I don’t think she cares about the pattern as long as the result is the same.”
This isn’t All About Eve but all the theatrical characters are there – producer Tom Conway ,carrying a torch for his star,Joan; Virginia Field as a playwright ready to have an affair with Joan’s husband; Natalie Schafer,a rich patron of the arts who takes a shine to Richard who plays a struggling poet; Louis Hayward as the writer who’s had one hit play and taken to the bottle while his wife becomes more and more successful (cf Star is Born).
I think Joan Leslie is a competent if lightweight actress and I don’t think she was strong enough for this role. She was only about 22 in 1947 ( amazing to think she had already made over 20 films by then and costarred with Gary Cooper,James Cagney and Fred Astaire).
I’m always impressed by Richard Basehart, and Louis Hayward is always good. I don’t recall seeing Virginia Field before and liked her.
Perhaps a little too long at 90 minutes, this is a Bryan Foy production ( for many years Foy was head of the Warners ‘B’ film unit).
Definitely not done on a shoestring,this Eagle-Lion release deserves to be out on dvd.