(aka 'Interference' or 'La Vie Facile')



Scripted by Charles Schnee (The Bad and the Beautiful, Two Weeks in Another Town) from an Irwin Shaw story, this might have been another Sweet Smell of Success with a lowdown angle on professional sport. Tourneur does his best (always concisely, sometimes brilliantly) as Mature's ageing football star gambles his life to ensure security while his wife (Scott) turns the screw on his troubles by ruthlessly pursuing fame as a designer. But studio interference and script compromises (notably in begging the question of whether the wife screws her way to success, and in treating her ambitions with routine bias) sugar the sourness.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE


Theatrical Release: October 8th, 1949

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DVD Review: Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Editions Montparnasse - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:17:06 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.15 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles French, None

Release Information:
Studio: Editions Montparnasse

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Serge Bromberg Introduction (2:42)

DVD Release Date: September 16th, 200
Slim transparent Case
Chapters: 8



A typical Montparnasse edition looking a bit thin with weak, and boosted, contrast. It's from a probable analog source. It seems a notch superior than we have seen from them with some better-than-average shadow detail. Still though single-layered and there is some very minor combing.

Once again no sign of this RKO effort landing in the region 1 calendar. We have original English audio or optional French subtitles and a French DUB. No extras save the mono-brow Bromberg's 3 minute introduction (in French only).

I don't believe this is out anywhere else - making the Montparnasse the only game it town.

Well, Tourneur helming Mature, Lizabeth Scott, Lucille Ball and Lloyd Nolan... As a sports movie it has some obtuse moments but I reveled in the performances and tight direction. It's no masterpiece but for the price and cast appeal I'd say it's worth it.  

Gary W. Tooze


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