They Won't Believe Me | Chicago Reader

They Won't Believe Me

An effective film noir with a cult following, this 1947 adaptation of a pulp novel by Gordon McDonell stars Robert Young as a philanderer on trial for the murder of his rich wife. Under cross-examination he spills the sordid details of a secret life, including his plan to kill his wife and start anew with lover Susan Hayward. Although he tells the court that his wife died before he could follow through, they won't believe him. Cast against type, Young manages to be both creepy and sympathetic. Actor-turned-director Irving Pichel gets hard-boiled performances from a solid cast that also includes Rita Johnson and Jane Greer. Harry Wild's cinematography is expressionistic, and Jonathan Latimer's zinger-laden script snaps like James M. Cain. 95 min.

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