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directed by Gerd Oswald
USA 1957


The subversion of the American dream is the theme in the superb proto feminist film Crime of Passion, from director Gerd Oswald (A Kiss Before Dying, Screaming Mimi). Released in 1957, Crime of Passion is a woman-centered noir--a film ahead of its time in its depiction of a career woman who sinks into housewife hell and is subsequently driven to commit murder.


Crime of Passion is an amazingly bold film for its time. Not only does the plot effectively eviscerate the American Dream, but it also laces the drama with two contrasting visions of female relationships. On one hand, there are the wives of the police department--giddy, silly, bitchy vacuous women who seem bred for lives of conspicuous consumption (note the lengthy manicure session Kathy has with Alice Pope), and then there are ‘other’ women--the hard-edged kind who struggle and fight their way in the male-dominated workplace: Kathy, the female justice of the peace, and two female cab drivers, for example.

Excerpt of review from Guy Savage (Film Noir of the Week) located HERE


Theatrical Release: 9 January 1957 (USA)

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Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:25:48

1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.13 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.63:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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1957's film noir Crime of Passion got a DVD release from MGM back in 2003, when they were releasing widescreen pictures of 1.66:1 or less aspect ratio without anamorphic enhancement. Most of these films were presented in letterboxed widescreen, but a couple of titles were corrected with 16x9 enhancement in later special editions (like Some Like It Hot). Unfortunately, most of the titles released this way will not get a do-over. At least this underrated film noir got a DVD release at all - there are still many classic pictures missing in digital format in any form, and the letterboxed widescreen transfer is very good, with no noticeable damage and very little marks or specks on the print.


The Dolby Digital Mono Soundtrack is exceptional as well. Big yellow subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish, but we don't get any extras. The disc is already discontinued, so we suggest to pick it up while it is still available for a low price.

  - Gregory Meshman


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