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This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It is an adaptation of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 novel ''The Blank Wall'', which was re-adapted in 2001 as ''The Deep End'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.

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This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It is an adaptation of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 novel ''The Blank Wall'', ''Literature/TheBlankWall'', which was re-adapted in 2001 as ''The Deep End'', ''Film/TheDeepEnd'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.


Lucia Harper (Bennett) goes to great lengths to warn her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), about the danger of dating an older and obviously sleazy man. Ignoring her mother's pleas, Bea goes to meet her boyfriend, Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), but finds out that his scheming ways are true, so she hits him and runs away in shock.

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Lucia Harper (Bennett) goes to great lengths to warn her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), (Creator/GeraldineBrooks), about the danger of dating an older and obviously sleazy man. Ignoring her mother's pleas, Bea goes to meet her boyfriend, Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), but finds out that his scheming ways are true, so she hits him and runs away in shock.


Lucia Harper (Bennett) goes to great lengths to warn her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), about the danger of dating an older and obviously sleazy man. Ignoring her motherís pleas, Bea goes to meet her boyfriend, Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), but finds out that his scheming ways are true, so she hits him and runs away in shock.

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Lucia Harper (Bennett) goes to great lengths to warn her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), about the danger of dating an older and obviously sleazy man. Ignoring her motherís mother's pleas, Bea goes to meet her boyfriend, Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), but finds out that his scheming ways are true, so she hits him and runs away in shock.



Things arenít quit so simple, however. Darby owed money to some ďbusinessĒ men. Martin Donnelly (Mason) is one of them and blackmails Lucia.

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Things arenít quit aren't quite so simple, however. Darby owed money to some ďbusinessĒ "business" men. Martin Donnelly (Mason) is one of them and blackmails Lucia.



* AllForNothing: All of Luciaís efforts to get the blackmail money is all in vain when Donnelly [[spoiler: decides that she no longer needs to pay him]].

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* AllForNothing: All of Luciaís Lucia's efforts to get the blackmail money is all are in vain when Donnelly [[spoiler: decides that she no longer needs to pay him]].



* BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. He does all of this because he fell in love with her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. He does all of this because he fell in love with her.]]



* {{Blackmail}}: Donnelly blackmails Lucia with her daughterís love letters to Darby in exchange for $5000.
** [[spoiler: Nagel, Donnellyís partner, decides to blackmail her instead when Donnelly has a change of heart.]]

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* {{Blackmail}}: {{Blackmail}}:
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Donnelly blackmails Lucia with her daughterís love letters to Darby in exchange for $5000.
** [[spoiler: Nagel, Donnellyís Donnelly's partner, decides to blackmail her instead when Donnelly has a change of heart.]]



* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Itís a FilmNoir! Great examples of this during the climatic scene in the boathouse.
* DisappearedDad: Tom Harper has been gone for a very long time (3 years during the war) and is currently working in Berlin.

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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Itís It's a FilmNoir! Great examples of this during the climatic climactic scene in the boathouse.
* DisappearedDad: Tom Harper has been gone for a very long time (3 (three years during the war) and is currently working in Berlin.



* TheFifties: Although the film was made in 1949, thereís 50s post-war malaise all over it.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Donnelly says that even if the man that the police picked up for Darbyís murder didnít actually kill him it doesnít matter because the man was a scumbag anyways.

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* TheFifties: Although the film was made in 1949, thereís there's 50s post-war malaise all over it.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Donnelly says that even if the man that the police picked up for Darbyís Darby's murder didnít didn't actually kill him him, it doesnít doesn't matter because the man was a scumbag anyways.anyway.



* {{Jerkass}}: Darby makes it very clear to Bea that he only dated her to get to her familyís wealth.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donnelly [[spoiler: dies, confesses to the murder of Darby even if he didnít do it,]] just to save the woman he loves from pain and misery.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Darby makes it very clear to Bea that he only dated her to get to her familyís wealth.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donnelly [[spoiler: dies, confesses to the murder of Darby even if he didnít didn't do it,]] just to save the woman he loves from pain and misery. misery.
* {{Jerkass}}: Darby makes it very clear to Bea that he only dated her to get to her family's wealth.



* MoneyIsNotPower: At least for women during TheForties and TheFifties. Although Lucia isnít a jerk, she is part of a wealthy upper-class family. However, she canít use this wealth to help her get blackmail money because of her position. She needs her husbands signature (read: permission) for everything, she doesnít have collateral (therefore, she doesnít own anything) to get a loan from a loaning institution, and her valuables arenít worth much. She's powerless even with all her wealth.

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* MoneyIsNotPower: At least for women during TheForties and TheFifties. Although Lucia isnít isn't a jerk, she is part of a wealthy upper-class family. However, she canít can't use this wealth to help her get blackmail money because of her position. She needs her husbands husband's signature (read: permission) for everything, she doesnít doesn't have collateral (therefore, she doesnít doesn't own anything) to get a loan from a loaning institution, and her valuables arenít aren't worth much. She's powerless even with all her wealth.


This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It is an adaptation of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 novel ''The Blank Wall'', which was re-adapted in 2001 as ''Film/TheDeepEnd'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.

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This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It is an adaptation of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 novel ''The Blank Wall'', which was re-adapted in 2001 as ''Film/TheDeepEnd'', ''The Deep End'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.


This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It was remade in 2001 as ''The Deep End'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.

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This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It is an adaptation of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 novel ''The Blank Wall'', which was remade re-adapted in 2001 as ''The Deep End'', ''Film/TheDeepEnd'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.


This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film.

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This film is notable for being Creator/MaxOphuls' last American film. It was remade in 2001 as ''The Deep End'', with Creator/TildaSwinton as the housewife and Creator/GoranVisnjic as the blackmailer who falls in love with her.


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* {{Housewife}}: Lucia feels trapped within her own family as the matriarch that holds everything down while her husband is away. This eventually stretches her nerves to a breaking point when Bea accidently kills her boyfriend.
* IdiotBall: Bea may have hit Darby, but [[spoiler: his death seems mostly accidental on his part. He fell over and landed on an anchor.]] Yet, Lucia decides to go hide the body in ''broad daylight''.

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* {{Housewife}}: Lucia feels trapped within her own family as the matriarch that holds everything down while her husband is away. This eventually stretches her nerves to a breaking point when Bea accidently accidentally kills her boyfriend.
* IdiotBall: Bea may have hit Darby, but [[spoiler: his death seems mostly accidental on his part.accidental. He fell over and landed on an anchor.]] Yet, Yet Lucia decides to go hide the body in ''broad daylight''.



* UngratefulBastard: Mostly Bea. Her mother has gone through a lot to cover up her recklessness and mistakes without on word of gratitude.

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* UngratefulBastard: Mostly Bea. Her mother has gone through a lot to cover up her recklessness and mistakes without on one word of gratitude.


* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donnelly [[spoiler dies, confesses to the murder of Darby even if he didnít do it,]] just to save the woman he loves from pain and misery.

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* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donnelly [[spoiler [[spoiler: dies, confesses to the murder of Darby even if he didnít do it,]] just to save the woman he loves from pain and misery.


* BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. He does sll of this because he fell in love with her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. He does sll all of this because he fell in love with her.]]


Lucia Harper (Bennett) goes to great lengths to tell her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), the danger of dating an older, and obviously sleazy man. Ignoring her motherís pleas, Bea goes to secretly meet this man, Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), but finds out that his scheming ways are true, so she hits him and runs away in shock.

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Lucia Harper (Bennett) goes to great lengths to tell warn her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), about the danger of dating an older, older and obviously sleazy man. Ignoring her motherís pleas, Bea goes to secretly meet this man, her boyfriend, Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), but finds out that his scheming ways are true, so she hits him and runs away in shock.



Things arenít quit so simple, however. Darby owed money to some ďbusinessĒ men. Martin Donnelly (Mason) is one of them and will to blackmail Lucia if she doesnít fork up $5000.

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Things arenít quit so simple, however. Darby owed money to some ďbusinessĒ men. Martin Donnelly (Mason) is one of them and will to blackmail Lucia if she doesnít fork up $5000.
blackmails Lucia.



* AllForNothing: All of Luciaís efforts to have the blackmail over and done with is all in vain when Donnelly decides that she no longer needs to pay him.

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* AllForNothing: All of Luciaís efforts to have get the blackmail over and done with money is all in vain when Donnelly [[spoiler: decides that she no longer needs to pay him.him]].



* BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. All of this because he fell in love with her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. All He does sll of this because he fell in love with her.]]



* DisappearedDad: Tom Harper has been gone for a very long time (3 years during the war) and has gone to Berlin for work.

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* DisappearedDad: Tom Harper has been gone for a very long time (3 years during the war) and has gone to Berlin for work.is currently working in Berlin.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: Donnelly says that even if the man that the police picked up for Darbyís murder didnít actually kill him it doesnít matter because the man
* {{Housewife}}: Lucia is feels trapped within her own family as the matriarch that holds everything down while her husband is away. This eventually stretches her nerves to a breaking point when Bea accidently kills her boyfriend.
* IdiotBall: Bea may have hit Darby, but [[spoiler: his death seems accidental. He fell over and landed on an anchor.]] Yet, Lucia decides to go hide the body in Ďíbroad daylightíí.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: Donnelly says that even if the man that the police picked up for Darbyís murder didnít actually kill him it doesnít matter because the man
man was a scumbag anyways.
* {{Housewife}}: Lucia is feels trapped within her own family as the matriarch that holds everything down while her husband is away. This eventually stretches her nerves to a breaking point when Bea accidently kills her boyfriend.
* IdiotBall: Bea may have hit Darby, but [[spoiler: his death seems accidental.mostly accidental on his part. He fell over and landed on an anchor.]] Yet, Lucia decides to go hide the body in Ďíbroad daylightíí.''broad daylight''.



* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donnelly dies, [[spoiler: confesses to the murder of Darby even if he didnít do it,]] just to save the woman he loves from pain and misery.

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* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Donnelly [[spoiler dies, [[spoiler: confesses to the murder of Darby even if he didnít do it,]] just to save the woman he loves from pain and misery.



* MamaBear: Lucia does whatever she can to protect Bea from harm.

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* MamaBear: Lucia does whatever she can to protect Bea from harm. And her family by extension.



* UngratefulBastard: Mostly Bea because she doesnít know all that her mother has gone through to cover up her recklessness and mistakes.

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* UngratefulBastard: Mostly Bea because she doesnít know all that her Bea. Her mother has gone through a lot to cover up her recklessness and mistakes. mistakes without on word of gratitude.


* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Donnelly. He expresses that meeting Lucia made him want to change into a better man.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Donnelly. He expresses says that meeting Lucia made him want to change into a better man.


* MoneyIsNotPower: At least for women during TheForties and TheFifties. Although Lucia isnít a jerk, she is part of a wealthy upper-class family. However, she canít use this wealth to help her get blackmail money because of her position. She needs her husbands signature (read: permission) for everything, she doesnít have collateral (therefore, she doesnít own anything) to get a loan from a loaning institution, and her valuables arenít worth much.

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* MoneyIsNotPower: At least for women during TheForties and TheFifties. Although Lucia isnít a jerk, she is part of a wealthy upper-class family. However, she canít use this wealth to help her get blackmail money because of her position. She needs her husbands signature (read: permission) for everything, she doesnít have collateral (therefore, she doesnít own anything) to get a loan from a loaning institution, and her valuables arenít worth much. She's powerless even with all her wealth.


* BigFancyHouse:

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* BigFancyHouse:BigFancyHouse: The Harper home.


* BittersweetEnding/DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. All of this because he fell in love with her.]]

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* BittersweetEnding/DownerEnding: BittersweetEnding /DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Donnelly dies in a car crash, but he protects Lucia by admitting to the murder. All of this because he fell in love with her.]]

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