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Un­der Michael Cur­tiz’s di­rec­tion, Joan Craw­ford’s Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance in this 1945 noir re­launched her post-war ca­reer. Starting as a strug­gling sin­gle mum, Mildred builds a restau­rant chain but has to con­tend with her bratty daugh­ter (Ann Blyth), as­sorted would-be suit­ors and a mur­der charge. James M. Cain’s story gets moody light­ing from DoP Ernest Haller and a puls­ing Max Steiner score. Philip Kemp

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