Hard-hitting performances by de Wilde and Beatty as two brothers with polarized personalities highlight a generally depressing film. De Wilde idolizes Beatty, refusing to see him for the callous, indifferent, and ruthless fellow he is. Malden and Lansbury are superb as the tolerant
mother and father who take in Saint. When Beatty returns home, he quickly seduces Saint, makes her pregnant, then deserts her, causing Saint to commit suicide. De Wilde, who has loved the woman from afar, finally realizes the true character of his brother and sets out to kill him. When confronting
Beatty, however, he loses heart as Beatty sobs like a helpless child. De Wilde leaves him, ...