Alimony Film Details
Overview: A promising young composer is tempted away from his devoted wife by a fortune-seeking woman who cares more for his prospects than for him.
Tagline: Alimony racketeers prey on innocent dupes!
Review: This sensationalist, almost sleazy, certainly cheap cautionary tale has been offered a good cast: Martha Vickers plays the adventuress, Hillary Brooke the endearing wife, Dumbrille has a supporting part, Leonid Kinskey plays the kind impresario, Beal is the hesitant songwriter, whose switch to the temptress comes mostly from his habituation with the concubine he knew from their childhood; conveniently, the script skips Linda’s fight for her husband, who only comes back to her a 2nd time because his muse Kitty kicks him again. If the facts seem plausible, the script is meager. Genuine tenderness inspires songs less good than those given by infatuation. Anyway, the songwriter’s breakthrough should of been the show that got canceled (while he was celebrating with his newfound muse). Martha plays convincingly a seductress, who’s not heartless, wicked or mean, but shallow, groundless, misguided, more of a deluded girl, the shapely Hillary Brooke plays a dependable, reliable woman, the domestic muse, who won’t inspire hits, but songs that earn a modest living. Kitty makes an attempt at good living: 1st by trying modeling, where she resents being manhandled, etc., then by taking part briefly in a frame-up business, with a crooked lawyer, afterward she shares in the songwriter’s sudden fame; she even claims being fond of the tycoon she married, the industrialist, and it was a leading role for the actress, though the script offers no one a good role. The script is obviously interested mainly in the social trend, not in the characters or drama. The storyline for an exploitation movie was ready; with a good script and a better director, this one could of been a drama.
Duration: 70 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Also known as: Alimony