Though Eastwood is his usual stalwart self, he is also easily dominated by the otherwise female cast including the great Geraldine Page as the schools rather unhinged head mistress and Elizabeth Hartman as a deceptively fragile young teacher the man desperately tries to romance. Later in life, Davis had three children. He had a decent but moderate budget.
However, director George Roy Hill, between the big hits of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973 was able to get a film version green-lit. Kenneth Anger writes that Crawford was a gutsy jazz baby who marched through the twin holocaust of the Talkies/Crash unscathed to escape her dirt-poor origins. She never tired of reminding her mother that she could be a mother and an actress. But was Hollywood really prudish? Thats the reasoning Jean Harlows mother gave about her daughters own abortion at age. Id Love to Kiss You: Conversations with Bette Davis, she was proud of the fact that, after her abortions, she could have a baby at last and a career, because her mother had always insisted that she couldnt have both. This fine, shadowy, tense film put a stop to that for a while, but it may be their finest joint effort. Proving that time really is a flat circle, you would be surprised to know that during the classical period of Hollywood during the 1910s to the 1950s, filmmakers didn't shy away from anything. Ironically, the rebel of her day was Loretta Youngnot because she had an abortion, but because she refused to have one.
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