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Julie (1956)

Julie (1956) starring Doris Day, Louis Jordan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy

Synopsis of Julie

In Julie, a disturbed and possessive husband confesses to his wife about a murder.  The murder of her first husband.  And he’ll stop at nothing, including murdering her, to keep her from leaving him.

Review of Julie

I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised by Julie.  It’s a very riveting movie, with excellent performances by the entire cast.  Doris Day, who I tend to associates with musicals and comedy, does a wonderful performance.  As does Louis Jordan as the obsessive husband – very creepy, very dangerous, and a very believable performance.

The only negative is the conclusion.  What’s become a cliche is the pilot being incapacitated and someone unqualified having to land the plane.  I don’t know if this is the first occurrence of this trope, but it might well be.  And, it has to be said that it’s well done.  Something also well-done is the doctor, doing what he can to keep the injured pilot conscious.  It looks and feels like a real doctor, and it’s very well-done.  Kudos as well to the pilot, trying to stay awake and help her land the plane.  Another good, believable, realistic performance.

Editorial review of Julie

Julie (1956) starring Doris Day, Louis Jordan, Barry Sullivan, Frank LovejoyHas beautiful Julie Benton married a murderer, an insanely jealous man who killed her first husband in hopes of marrying her? When Julie learns the answer is yes, she escapes him in a desperate attempt to forge a new life, taking a job as a stewardess. But her husband has no intention of letting Julie go…ever. Doris Day and Louis Jourdan star as pursued and pursuer in this non-stop, double-Oscar(r)-nominated thriller built around the kind of woman-in-peril plot that always jangles audiences’ nerves and is a specialty of writer/director Andrew L. Stone (Cry Terror!, The Last Voyage). As if a mad stalker isn’t enough, Julie tosses in a great Hollywood ending: our heroine piloting a jetliner to a San Francisco landing, the fate of passengers and crew in her hands.