I’m finding myself in a film noir groove between this and my reviews of The House on 92nd Street and The Narrow Margin. Tension doesn’t set out to espouse grand themes as in House; if anything, I’d consider it in the vein of The Narrow Margin with its B-movie plot and cast. Despite it’s gritty, cliché look at infidelity it buries deep to explore masculinity and femininity more overtly than other noir movies. Fine performances by Audrey Totter, a film noir regular, Richard Basehart, and Cyd Charisse elevate this above its soap opera structure.
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