On loan to Fox, Joan Crawford delivers yet another tour-de-force performance (one of the greatest of her career) as the titular character, a successful Manhattan career woman caught in a love triangle with two men: the philandering Dan O’Mara (Dana Andrews) and widowed veteran Peter Lapham (Henry Fonda). Daisy Kenyon, much, much more than merely a Crawford vehicle, is a deep exploration of love and is refreshingly free from the usual Hollywood moralizing, instead offering a compassionate view of three wayward souls at a time when the nation was simultaneously confident in its immediate prospects yet questioning its overarching direction. “Perhaps Preminger does deserve the final kudos, because his elaborate mise-en-scène, the unprecedented screenplay (adapted by David Hertz, with a grown-up relationship with the real postwar world), and a cast at the height of its powers is made to cohere into a distinct vision that talks and walks and feels utterly unique. It’s a revelation.”—Michael Atkinson.
Appears in: Bette & Joan
Other Films by Otto Preminger
Widely hailed as one of the most influential and expertly crafted film noirs ever made, Laura is also one of the greatest products to come out of the classical Hollywood studio system. The film was produced under difficult conditions at 20th Century Fox under the supervision of legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck, who held a …