Directed by Nicholas Ray
This is one of the movies that starts normally and gets out of control very quickly. First we have a normal schoolteacher who has to get a second job as a cab driver too make extra cash. Suddenly, we have a man that is addicted to drugs who wants to kill his wife and mother, The Shining style.
Yet another film that takes a crack at suburban life. I am not complaining, but we have had quite a bout of these movies lately; I guess the idea of suburbia has lost its charm.
Let's start with my complaints. First of all, I am used to tacked on endings because of the production code. Still, this film really needed a different ending. I will not go on further because of my spoiler policy.
As for the rest of the movie, James Mason is a great actor and the middle part (the ending was stupid) was genuinely exciting. The film also has a great line: God was wrong.
Marilyn Monroe had a brief cameo but it was ultimately cut from the movie.