Crime of Passion (1957)
Director: Gerd Oswald
Screenplay: Jo Eisinger (original story and screenplay)
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr and Faye Wray
The Pitch: “Let’s make a film about a couple where one’s ambitions and lack of morals destroy them, but we’ll flip it so the female lead is the bad ‘guy’!”
Tagline: The stripped-of-shame story of a cop’s wife who committed one sin too many!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Kathy (Stanwyck) is an ambitious newspaper columnist who falls for LA detective, Bill Doyle (Hayden), in a whirlwind romance that leads to marriage. Soon enough Kathy realizes her husband is content with his rank and has no desire to rise to the top. Kathy becomes jealous and envious of others and begins to plot a way to change the status quo. That it involves infidelity and murder matters little to her.