Lana Turner stars as Holly Parker, a shop clerk who marries a wealthy man (John Forsythe) with political goals. She loves him, but his long absences drive her into the arms of a slimy playboy (Ricardo Montalban) and her mother-in-law knows all about it.
This was the third Ross Hunter-Lana Turner movie and like the others, it features a glamorous woman in a designer wardrobe who lives in a palatial estate and has her heart broken. It's all delivered with much sudsy melodrama, but this film has even more to offer: The star allows herself to appear old and pathetically, even grotesquely ugly and gives a genuinely heart-tugging performance. The script is great with lots of dramatic twists and turns and an ending that left me sobbing.
Lana Turner is good in the role of outsider-turned-socialite and Forsythe and Montalban are, too. Keir Dullea is well-cast as an attorney and Burgess Meredith excels as a loathsome criminal. The story is poignant and should ring true to all parents and children. Recommended.
Lana Turner's last major hurrah was this sleek update of the classic Alexandre Bisson play, "Madame X.", previously filmed in 1929 starring Ruth Chatterton (and again in 1937 with Gladys George). Produced by Ross Hunter (the man who had dragged Ms Turner back into box-office paydirt with "Imitation of Life" and "Portrait in Black"), this tried-and-true melodrama was the perfect material for Turner's acting talents. In MADAME X. (1966), Lana Turner plays Holly, the vivacious … more