Julie (1956 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Produced by||Martin Melcher|
|Screenplay by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Music by||Leith Stevens|
|Cinematography||Fred Jackman Jr.|
|Edited by||Virginia L. Stone|
|Box office||$2.6 million|
A former stewardess, widow Julie Benton (Doris Day) is terrorised by her insanely jealous second husband, Lyle (Louis Jourdan). It becomes a life-or-death matter after friend Cliff Henderson (Barry Sullivan) relays his suspicions to Julie that her first husband's death might not have been a suicide.
She pretends that she would have fallen for Lyle even if her first husband had still been alive, and Lyle confesses the murder to her. Julie flees with Cliff's help, but police are unable to arrest Lyle without proof.
Julie and Cliff hire a car and drive north to San Francisco where Julie changes her identity, and returns to her former job with the airline. Lyle has a confrontation with Cliff, Lyle shoots him and learns where Julie can be found.
With police in pursuit, Julie is warned that Lyle might be on her flight. She spots him, but Lyle pulls a gun on her, then kills the pilot before being shot himself. Julie must be instructed on how to land the aircraft. She does so successfully, and her nightmare comes to an end.
- Doris Day as Julie Benton
- Louis Jourdan as Lyle Benton
- Barry Sullivan as Cliff Henderson
- Frank Lovejoy as Det. Lt. Pringle
- Jack Kelly as Jack (co-pilot)
- Ann Robinson as Valerie
- Barney Phillips as Doctor on Flight 36
- Jack Kruschen as Det. Mace
- John Gallaudet as Det. Sgt. Cole
- Carleton Young as Airport Control Tower Official
- Hank Patterson as Ellis
- Ed Hinton as Captain of Flight 36
- Harlan Warde as Det. Pope
- Aline Towne as Denise Martin
- Eddie Marr as Airline Official
- Joel Marston as Garage Mechanic
- Mae Marsh as Hysterical Passenger
It is also notable as potentially the first film to feature the subplot of a stewardess piloting a plane to safety, later used in Airport 1975 (1975) and parodied in Airplane! (1980). It is further notable for being technically accurate.
According to MGM records the film earned $1,415,000 in the US and Canada and $1,185,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $604,000.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Improbable crime thriller about a woman-in-peril, that is too uneven to be effective; the banal dialogue is the final killer. ... Doris Day, to her credit, gives it her best shot and tries to take it seriously even when the melodrama moves way past the point of just being ridiculous. Later disaster movies stole some of those airplane landing scenes."
- "The Eddie Mannix Ledger". Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Domestic take see "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, January 8, 1958: 30
- Schwartz, Dennis, film review, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, June 6, 2005. Accessed: July 5, 2013.
- Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.