Friday, November 12, 2010

Woman on the Beach(1947)

The Woman on the Beach (1947). film noir directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Robert Ryan, Joan Bennett and Charles Bickford.

After waking up from a nightmare, Lieutenant Scott Burnett, becomes curious about the woman on the beach, named Peggy Butler, a married woman he sees on his daily patrol and the woman he sees in his nightmares. 

Scott asks his girl friend, Eve Geddes, to marry him that night, but.. she asks Scott to wait another two weeks. 

Later, Scott sees Peggy on the beach collecting fire-wood from an abandoned shipwreck, he stops and tells Peggy not to take the wood. She asks him if he is haunted by "ghosts" of the ship and then invites him to back to her house.

Peggy's husband Tod, is a blind, famous artist joins them. Tod invites Scott to stay, but he thinks it best to return to his station. 

Later that night, Tod shows up at the station and invites Scott to have dinner at his house and Scott, who is supposed to meet Eve in town, agrees, standing her up. During dinner, Scott and Tod talk about Tod's blindness. 

Later, Peggy confesses to Scott that she stays with Tod because she accidentally cut his optic nerve during a drunken fight and feels responsible for him. Scott, doubts that Tod is really blind and comes up with a plan to prove that he really can see.. Will he succeed?

There is some beautifully haunting imagery and Robert Ryan, in my opinion, gives a strong performance as does Joan Bennett . There's an interesting love triangle going on here, along with a very well done mystery.

Charles Bickford (January 1, 1891 – November 9, 1967) was an  actor best known for his supporting roles.

He was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for The Song of Bernadette (1943), The Farmer's Daughter (1947), and Johnny Belinda (1948).

Other notable roles include Whirlpool (1948), A Star is Born (1954) and The Big Country (1958).


  1. I missed this one and didn't record it, after reading your blog, I'm kicking myself. Will see if TCM has it scheduled to air anytime soon. Thanks for the heads up, Dawn.

  2. Ladyeve, Your welcome. I think you will enjoy viewing this film noir.


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