The legendary Max Ophuls (Letter from an Unknown Woman, La Ronde) directs this tense and stylish 1949 film noir melodrama. Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street, Suspiria) stars as a suburban housewife who covers up a murder to protect her teenage daughter, only to find herself blackmailed by an immoral small-time crook, played by James Mason.
The Reckless Moment is a members' choice selection by Rebecca Robinson who highlights "the mounting tension as an 'ordinary' woman finds herself in an extraordinary situation rings authentically on many levels. James Mason's performance is heartbreaking and another of the film's highlights."
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James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks