The Unfaithful (1947)

108-110 mins | Melodrama | 5 July 1947

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Producer:

Jerry Wald

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a 25 Nov 1946 HR news item, the film treatment met with the approval of the MPAA in late Nov. On 24 Jan 1947, LADN reported that although Ann Sheridan plays an adultress who is not punished, as the Production Code demands, the MPAA agreed to allow this if the film clearly conveyed the message that divorce is undesirable. A 7 Nov 1946 HR news item noted that the film's starting date was postponed because of a studio strike. The Los Angeles film locations include Angels Flight, Hope Street, and MacArthur Park. The house in which "Chris Hunter" and her husband "Bob," live is located in Beverly Hills. Although David Goodis and James Gunn are credited onscreen with creating an original screenplay, several reviewers noted the story's similarity to the 1940 Warner Bros. film The Letter (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2470) written by Howard Koch and starring Bette Davis, and some modern sources consider this film a remake of The Letter ... More Less

According to a 25 Nov 1946 HR news item, the film treatment met with the approval of the MPAA in late Nov. On 24 Jan 1947, LADN reported that although Ann Sheridan plays an adultress who is not punished, as the Production Code demands, the MPAA agreed to allow this if the film clearly conveyed the message that divorce is undesirable. A 7 Nov 1946 HR news item noted that the film's starting date was postponed because of a studio strike. The Los Angeles film locations include Angels Flight, Hope Street, and MacArthur Park. The house in which "Chris Hunter" and her husband "Bob," live is located in Beverly Hills. Although David Goodis and James Gunn are credited onscreen with creating an original screenplay, several reviewers noted the story's similarity to the 1940 Warner Bros. film The Letter (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2470) written by Howard Koch and starring Bette Davis, and some modern sources consider this film a remake of The Letter . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
31 May 1947.
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Daily Variety
27 May 1947.
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Film Daily
27 May 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 1946.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 46
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 47
19
Hollywood Reporter
27 May 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
4 Jan 47
p. 35.
Los Angeles Daily News
24 Jan 1947.
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New York Times
28 Jun 47
p. 10.
Variety
28 May 47
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 July 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 28 January 1947
Production Date:
late November 1946--early March 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 July 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1097
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
108-110
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Chris Hunter returns from a party one night while her husband Bob is out of town, and is accosted by Michael Tanner. During the ensuing struggle, Chris kills Tanner. Bob, a builder who has been away on business, arrives home the following morning to discover his house surrounded by police. Later, Chris tells homicide detective Reynolds that Tanner, whom she did not know, demanded her jewelry, and she stabbed him in self-defense. While Chris, Bob and their lawyer, Larry Hannaford, have lunch, Larry receives a telephone call from his office regarding Chris. The call leads him to a shabby art dealer's shop, where the dealer, Martin Barrow, shows him a bust of Chris sculpted by Tanner. He offers to sell it to Chris for $10,000. Larry angrily turns down the offer and then confronts Chris. At first Chris denies everything, but later admits that she met Tanner while Bob was overseas during the war. She allowed him to sculpt the bust, but ended the relationship when Tanner tried to make it more personal. Tanner then continued to harass her. Chris tells Larry that she did not reveal the truth to the police because she was afraid that the scandal would hurt Bob's business. Larry advises Chris to tell Bob and Reynolds the truth, but instead she tries to buy the sculpture from Barrow. Barrow, however, has given the sculpture to Tanner's wife. When Larry learns what Chris has done, he realizes that she had an affair with Tanner. Chris admits it, but insists that Tanner was trying to kill her the night of the murder and begs Larry ... +


Chris Hunter returns from a party one night while her husband Bob is out of town, and is accosted by Michael Tanner. During the ensuing struggle, Chris kills Tanner. Bob, a builder who has been away on business, arrives home the following morning to discover his house surrounded by police. Later, Chris tells homicide detective Reynolds that Tanner, whom she did not know, demanded her jewelry, and she stabbed him in self-defense. While Chris, Bob and their lawyer, Larry Hannaford, have lunch, Larry receives a telephone call from his office regarding Chris. The call leads him to a shabby art dealer's shop, where the dealer, Martin Barrow, shows him a bust of Chris sculpted by Tanner. He offers to sell it to Chris for $10,000. Larry angrily turns down the offer and then confronts Chris. At first Chris denies everything, but later admits that she met Tanner while Bob was overseas during the war. She allowed him to sculpt the bust, but ended the relationship when Tanner tried to make it more personal. Tanner then continued to harass her. Chris tells Larry that she did not reveal the truth to the police because she was afraid that the scandal would hurt Bob's business. Larry advises Chris to tell Bob and Reynolds the truth, but instead she tries to buy the sculpture from Barrow. Barrow, however, has given the sculpture to Tanner's wife. When Larry learns what Chris has done, he realizes that she had an affair with Tanner. Chris admits it, but insists that Tanner was trying to kill her the night of the murder and begs Larry to help her buy back the sculpture. Determined to make Chris suffer as she has, Tanner's wife shows the sculpture to Bob, who is deeply wounded. Later, Mrs. Tanner goes to the police and implicates Chris. Bob then confronts Chris, who admits that his accusations are true. She explains that they had only known each other two weeks before he left for the war and because she was lonely, she became involved with Tanner. Bob is unmoved by her defense and asks for a divorce. Moments later, Chris is arrested for murder. After a scandalous trial, Chris is acquitted, due in part of Larry's impassioned defense, but Bob still refuses to forgive her. Larry encourages the couple to talk to each other and try to make a go of their marriage and, when they agree, leaves them alone to reconcile. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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