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The Reckless Moment (1949) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Max Ophüls and produced by Walter Wanger.

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By Theresa Brown on May 17, 2015 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

A daughter’s reckless moment wreaks emotional havoc on her mother in ?Max Oph?ls‘?“THE RECKLESS MOMENT.“ Even blackmail has a silver lining. ? ? Joan Bennett plays the incredibly taut mother who must deal with blackmail…and a dead body. ? It’s interesting to see t... Read full article

The Reckless Moment (1949)

By Beatrice on Jul 28, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Reckless Moment Directed by Max Oph?ls Written by Mel Dinelli, Sidney Garson, et al from the Ladies Home Journal story “The Blank Wall” 1949/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation First viewing/Korean import DVD #226 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die The List introduced me to thi... Read full article

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By Lindsey on Jul 26, 2013 From The Motion Pictures

Lucia Harper (Joan Bennett) is a middle-class wife and mother who lives in the idealistic commnity of Balboa, California, about 50 miles from Los Angeles. As the film begins, a narrator tells us that Lucia drove into LA about a year ago. In a flashback of this trip, we see her meet a sleazy scoundre... Read full article


By Mark on May 4, 2009 From Where Danger Lives

Joan Bennett plays Lucia Harper in The Reckless Moment, all-American wife and mother in a small California seaside town. As the story opens, a lowlife named Darby gets his greasy hooks into Lucia’s gullible daughter Bea, a student at an L.A. art school. When Lucia warns him to keep away he off... Read full article

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Martin: Hell is other people...

Lucia Harper: You don't know how a family can surround you at times.
Martin: Do you never get away from your family?
Lucia Harper: No.

Martin: She's lucky to have a mother like you.
Lucia Harper: Everyone has a mother like me. You probably had one, too.

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Facts about

Walter Wanger, who produced "Reckless Moment", and Joan Bennett were married from 1940 until 1965. In 1951 Wanger shot Bennett's agent, Jennings Lang, apparently based on the assumption of a romantic involvement between the two.
The Balboa Island Car Ferry, used by Joan Bennett and James Mason, still travels the 1000 feet distance between Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula.
For this movie and others made in Hollywood, the director is listed as "Opuls"; however, for his movies made in Europe the name is "Ophuls". His name at birth is Oppenheimer.
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