|JEALOUSY (director/writer: Gustav Machaty; screenwriters: Arnold Phillips/based on a story by Dalton Trumbo; cinematographer: Henry Sharp; editor: John Link; music: Hanns Eisler; cast: John Loder (Dr. David Brent), Karen Morley (Dr. Monica Anderson), Jane Randolph (Janet Urban), Nils Asther (Peter Urban), Hugo Haas (Hugo Kral), Mauritz Hugo (Bob), Holmes Herbert (Melvyn Russell), Michael Mark (Shop Owner); Runtime: 71; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Gustav Machaty/George Moskov; Republic; 1945)|
|"A rare arty melodrama from
by Dennis Schwartz
rare arty melodrama from Republic. The
writer-director is the Czech
expatriate Gustav Machaty ("Ecstasy"/"The
Good Earth"/"Seduction"), who for the past 15 years
lived in America. Jealousy is his most important film
he made in America. It's based on a story
by the future blacklisted author Dalton
Phillips writes the screenplay.
famous alcoholic exiled European writer Peter Urban (Nils
Asther), living in LA, married to the attractive
Janet Urban (Jane Randolph), experiences a
prolonged case of writer's block. Janet tries to
help with the financial woes by driving a cab. When
wifey chats with her fare, the urbane physician
David Brent (John Loder), the two become
friends and see each other afterwards. This gives
hubby a case of jealousy. Soon hubby is found dead,
and even though he was murdered it's made to look like
suicide. Brent and Janet are the main suspects, and
Janet is arrested. Brent then investigates solo to
prove her innocence. Before she goes on trial, Brent
marries the widow.
Warning: spoiler alert.
plays Brent's medical associate, whom we
learn out of a fit of jealousy killed the man she
secretly loved and then tried to pin the murder on
REVIEWED ON 9/16/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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