It is hard to believe that a film directed by Ray and written by Mankiewicz could be anything less than brilliant. But RKO lost a whopping $760,000 on this convoluted mess. In flashback, O'Hara tells how she shot her young protege, the hellcat Grahame, whom she had groomed for fame as a
singer when her own voice began to give out. Crisscrossing flashbacks follow, telling how Grahame rebelled against O'Hara's attempts to make her a lady as well as a thrush. And then the whole flimsy structure topples when Grahame, coming briefly out of a coma, reveals who actually shot her, and it
was not O'Hara. Why O'Hara confessed in the first place is never explained, further co...