The Woman on the Beach

Overview

A WWII Coast Guard veteran, Lt. Scott Burnett Robert Ryan, is plagued by nightmares of his combat days. One day, he meets a woman, Peggy Butler Joan Bennett, walking on a beach, picking up pieces of wood. Butler is married to a grumpy, blind painter, Ted Butler Charles Bickford. Despite his affections for his fiancée Eve Nan Leslie, whose father is a boat builder, Scott falls in love with Peggy and soon breaks off the engagement. Peggy reveals that she blinded her husband years earlier by throwing a glass at him ...
See more details below
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (9) from $13.72   
  • New (7) from $13.72   
  • Used (2) from $26.94   
Note: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices and may not play back in other DVD devices including recorders and PC drives.

Overview

A WWII Coast Guard veteran, Lt. Scott Burnett Robert Ryan, is plagued by nightmares of his combat days. One day, he meets a woman, Peggy Butler Joan Bennett, walking on a beach, picking up pieces of wood. Butler is married to a grumpy, blind painter, Ted Butler Charles Bickford. Despite his affections for his fiancée Eve Nan Leslie, whose father is a boat builder, Scott falls in love with Peggy and soon breaks off the engagement. Peggy reveals that she blinded her husband years earlier by throwing a glass at him during an ugly spat, ruining his career and her own ambitions to be an upper-class socialite. Scott fears that Ted is suspicious that he is having an affair with Peggy and becomes so paranoid that he begins to believe that Ted is faking his blindness -- and sets out to prove it. This was the fifth and final American film by the great French writer-director Jean Renoir. ~ Michael Betzold
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A frustrating yet fascinating film, The Woman on the Beach is one of those pictures that make one wonder intensely at what might have been rather than what is. According to legend, director Jean Renoir was forced to drastically re-cut Woman after a disastrous preview, eventually shelving about a third of the film and obviously coming up with a finished product that is far different than the one he originally envisioned. (The re-editing also accounts for some curious continuity lapses in the final version.) What is left is a moody, dream-like work that still doesn't make things easy for the audience, suggesting motivations rather than explicitly stating them and offering hints at character traits that may or may not be accurate. On top of this, there's more than a trace of film noir to the proceedings, although it doesn't fulfill the formulaic expectations it sets up as part of the genre. Ultimately, Woman is unsatisfying, and to some viewers it will simply be dull; but others will get drawn in by much of the richness that exists in the surviving version. Certainly all should agree on Joan Bennett's fatale-istic performance and should find much to appreciate in the work of Robert Ryan and Charles Bickford as well. The moody, atmospheric cinematography is also worthy of praise.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2011
  • UPC: 883316317709
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,183

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Bennett Peggy Butler
Robert Ryan Lt. Scott Burnett
Charles Bickford Ted Butler
Nan Leslie Eve Geddes
Walter Sande Otto Wernecke
Irene Ryan Mrs. Wernecke
Glenn Vernon Kirk
Frank Darien Lars
Jay Norris Jimmy
Robert Anderson
Hugh Chapman Young Fisherman
Kay Christopher
Marie Dodd Nurse
John Elliott Old Workman
Carl Faulkner Old Fisherman
Harry Harvey Dr. Smith
Jackie Jackson Johnnie
Robert Manning Coast Guardsman
Charles Pawley Barton
Nancy Saunders Girls at Party
Bill Shannon Blacksmith
Harry Tyler Carter
Drew Miller
Bonnie Blair
Carol Donell
Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director, Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Boyer Editor
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Frank Davis Screenwriter
Hanns Eisler Score Composer
Roland Gross Editor
Jack J. Gross Producer
Michael Hogan Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously