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directed by Andrew L. Stone
USA 1956

 

A thriller starring Doris Day a few years before she hit the jackpot with her string of coy sex comedies, Julie is what was known in the trade as a `jep' – a woman-in-jeopardy drama. It starts off promisingly with a spat at a country club between Day and her second husband, Louis Jourdan (the first Mr. Day, a presumed suicide, may have been his victim) that escalates into an incident of road rage. Jourdan is passed off as a concert pianist – you know, one of those unstable `artistic' types. And he fills out a startlingly up-to-date profile of the irrationally jealous, controlling spouse, alternating between murderous rages and mawkish contrition. (Since Charles Boyer launched the prototype of this sort of abusive male in Gaslight, it seems that Hollywood thought it safe to cast chiefly Frenchmen in subsequent outings.)

Julie wastes no time in setting Day to flee, with Jourdan in pursuit; her ally is old friend Barry Sullivan, who tries to smuggle her safely from Carmel to San Francisco. But Jourdan, who apparently missed his calling as an international master of intrigue, proves too smart for them and manages to get himself, gun in trenchcoat, aboard a cross-continental airliner.

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 17 October 1956 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:15
Video

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.83 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (3:11)

DVD Release Date: August 16th, 2011
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Comments

Julie is an enjoyable tense thriller, kind of Sleeping with the Enemy from 1950's, that, unfortunately, derails as a disaster picture in its last 20 minutes. Doris Day is cast against type as a woman in jeopardy, but she was much more memorable in the same year's The Man Who Knew Too Much from Alfred Hitchcock. Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan and Frank Lovejoy are men in her life. Director Andrew L. Stone's next picture, Cry Terror! is a much better thriller and thankfully was released on DVD by Warner Archives the same day as Julie.

The made-on-demand release from Warner Archive features progressive and anamorphically enhanced remastered transfer. There are some scratches and marks, but the image has good contrast. The mono soundtrack is fine and there is an open-matte theatrical trailer included. A recommended release if available for the right price.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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