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At Colin's (LIvius) blog: NO MAN OF HER OWN (1950)
Posted by Don Malcolm
on 3/16/2021, 10:59 pm
Over at Colin's (Livius') blog RIDING THE HIGH COUNTRY, he has a characteristically solid assessment of Mitchell Leisen's NO MAN OF HER OWN (1950), from the often-adapted Cornell Woolrich story "I Married A Dead Man." Leisen, best remembered for a string of stylish comedies (EASY LIVING, MIDNIGHT, REMEMBER THE NIGHT, NO TIME FOR LOVE) has only other noir in his filmography: Alan Ladd's often overlooked CAPTAIN CAREY USA (also 1950--it's the title that's misleading: it portends a war film, which it is not). Leisen parted company with Paramount studios shortly after making NO MAN OF HER OWN, and would eventually end up in television, where he directed a "Twilight Zone" episode that took a Norma Desmond-like character (played by Ida Lupino) into a different realm of madness.
The focal point of NO MAN OF HER OWN is unquestionably Barbara Stanwyck, who really radiates endless travails with a masterfully modulated gusto. Check out Colin's take on one of the last top-notch noirs from Paramount... https://livius1.com/2021/03/11/no-man-of-her-own/