Marriage drama in a love triangle. The childless Grahams from San Francisco could have adopted the Not Wanted baby. Before that happens though, a background check needs to be undertaken. Eve dreams of being a mother, but her career starts to take off, while Harry is constantly traveling for work. He is also going through a mid-life crisis. He feels lonely and doubts his virility. On a bus trip around Hollywood, he meets Phyllis, an attractive woman working as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant. He doesn’t disclose his marital status and makes her pregnant. Remaining ostensibly loyal towards both strong women, Harry begins to lead a double life. Lupino could not escape moralizing, but she manages to distribute empathy evenly among all three protagonists, the sides of a tragic triangle. All three desperately look for happiness. Fate mocks Harry the most. Trying to escape from a beautiful entrepreneurial wife, he becomes ensnared by another woman who settles for nothing less than the whole of life: home, work, and love affair. Ida Lupino playing Phyllis here, is a smart, a bit embittered but nonetheless irresistible woman who guides us through an empty and unexciting Hollywood.
Ida Lupino (1918–1995) was born into a British artistic family. She began her acting career when still a teenager, which gave her very early insight into the mechanisms that drive Hollywood. She got her big break in noir productions starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in They Drive by Night (1940) and High Sierra (1941). At 32, she gave up a lucrative studio contract and founded the independent label "The Filmakers" with two friends, which produced twelve feature films. Lupine directed or co-directed six of the films, she wrote the scripts for five, and starred in three.
1949 Niechciane / Not Wanted
1950 Pokonać lęk / Never Fear
1950 Zniewaga / Outrage
1951 Wygrać siebie / Hard, Fast and Beautiful!
1953 Autostopowicz / The Hitch-Hiker
1953 Bigamista / The Bigamist