East Side, West Side

East Side, West Side

DVD - 2007
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A gracious society matron decides to give her husband one last chance, but soon his ex-mistress shows up, brewing trouble and murder.


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Apr 03, 2018

Overall, I thought the film was a bit too melodramatic but I loved the cast. Van Heflin was so natural. It didn't even feel like he was acting! I thought Cyd Charisse was absolutely beautiful even more beautiful than Ava Gardner. And you can't take your eyes off Barbara Stanwyck. You want to yell at her and tell her what to do but you know she will figure it out...even if it takes a long time:) I loved the way the movie looked. Also, I thought the topic was a bit risque which was interesting. James Mason is such a sleaze in this movie but he still has his amazing voice. I don't think this movie is very well known but it is definitely worth watching! I was very pleasantly surprised with Nancy Davis. She was such a good actress, so natural!

Dec 11, 2014

Graced by a crisp and intelligent script as well as a handful of star performances, Mervyn LeRoy’s tale of domestic despair among the idle rich is an overlooked B&W classic. As the beleaguered couple James Mason and Barbara Stanwyck are superb, while a seductive Ava Gardner plays the slutty temptress for all it’s worth. A fresh-faced Cyd Charisse as a New York model vying for Dwyer’s attention and Van Heflin as the handsome bachelor himself round out the cast. There’s even a surprise cameo by Nancy Reagan if you can catch it. LeRoy makes good use of his urban settings with the hustle and bustle of Manhattan contrasting sharply with quiet moments of household drama and a surprisingly erotic (for the time) seduction scene. But it’s Barbara Stanwyck who ultimately carries the show with her uncanny ability to portray women who are at once terribly vulnerable and fiercely determined. This is what a movie star looks like.

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