The Reckless Moment (1949 Crime, Drama, film noir)

Directed by Max Ophüls, produced by Walter Wanger, and released by Columbia Pictures with Burnett Guffey as cinematographer. It starred James Mason and Joan Bennett. The film is based on The Blank Wall (1947), a novel written by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. The Deep End (2001) is based on the same source material.
After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter’s lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.
James Mason as Martin Donnelly
Joan Bennett as Lucia Harper
Geraldine Brooks as Bea Harper
Henry O’Neill as Tom Harper
Shepperd Strudwick as Ted Darby
David Bair as David Harper
Roy Roberts as Nagel
Frances E. Williams as Sybil (uncredited)
William Schallert as a police lieutenant (uncredited)
Kathryn Card as a loan processor (uncredited)

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