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The Reckless Moment (1949)

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82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.
Director
Max Ophüls (as Max Opuls)
Writers
Henry Garson (screen play) | Robert Soderberg (screen play) (as Robert W. Soderberg) | Mel Dinelli (adaptation) | Robert E. Kent (adaptation) | Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (based upon the Ladies Home Journal story "The Blank Wall")
Composer
Hans J. Salter (musical score) (as Hans Salter)
Cinematographer
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Budget
$ 882,653
Gross (USA)
$ 717,188
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Release date
Oct 29, 1949 (United States)

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62 cast members
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James Mason
Martin Donnelly Martin Donnelly   See fewer
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Joan Bennett
Lucia Harper Lucia Harper   See fewer
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Geraldine Brooks
Beatrice 'Bea' Harper Beatrice 'Bea' Harper   See fewer
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Henry O'Neill
Tom Harper Tom Harper   See fewer
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Shepperd Strudwick
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David Bair
David Harper David Harper   See fewer
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Jessie Arnold
Old Lady (uncredited) Old Lady (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Bain
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Jack Baker
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Pat Barton
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Gail Bonney
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Chet Brandenburg
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Paul E. Burns
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John Butler
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Charles Evans
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Louis Mason
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7.2 / 10 | 3,479 votes