A high-40s women’s picture (1947), with Joan Crawford as a fashion designer torn between two lovers—calculating Dana Andrews and wholesome Henry Fonda. Otto Preminger, the slightly miscast director, sets the choice up like a murder trial, carefully balancing the arguments on both sides. His sober approach and his fluid camera style do much to redeem the material, for which he has no apparent sympathy. It’s a Preminger film purely by accident, but it is a fine example of studio craft. With Ruth Warrick, Peggy Ann Garner, and Martha Stewart.