Mr. Freeze directs a chilly love triangle between careers, war and the law.
I love how Joan Crawford can get dudes to totally blow up their families and ignore their kids for her. And the hammily random car crash – classic!
Obligatory bus anecdote
I have painstakingly shed bringing anything onto the bus that I have to keep holding in my hands. If it doesn’t go in the backpack it doesn’t go. What if you can’t find a seat and have to stand, right? And then some chick gets on holding a full-on mug of hot coffee. Not a tumbler with a lid – an open mug. Crazy!
The Random Remake
Dan O’Mara (Andrew Lincoln) is a rising political superstar about to upgrade from his small-town mayoralship to enter the New Jersey governor’s race. Only problem is he’s also in the midst of upgrading his love life, from Rosamund (Rose Byrne) to Daisy Kenyon (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Dan tells Daisy, in one of their rendezvous, that he plans to spill the beans on their secret relationship. He’s told his handlers and advisers about them and he’s been advised to get this news out early ahead of the campaign. He’s got the divorce papers already drawn up. Daisy, who apart from high-profile Dan is pretty secure in her academic research job, is nervous about the high-profile bombshell that’s about to drop, but she consents anyway.
Dan starts to push his divorce on Rosamund, but she isn’t having it. She blackmails him, and says she’ll fight the divorce as hard as she can and ruin his campaign. When Dan brings this news to Daisy, floating the possibility of waiting until after the election, Daisy gets mad and storms out. Soon after, at her university, Daisy meets Peter Lapham (Zachary Quinto), an older student who went back to college after serving in Afghanistan. Peter’s openness and unfettered nature are the complete opposite of controlled and secretive Dan. They hit it off, and to shove it in Dan’s face Daisy dives head-on into her relationship with Peter.
The media sniff out Daisy’s connection to Dan, however, and start slinging mud at the prospective governor. Now Dan pleads with Daisy to take him back, and publicly, too. The only way to save his campaign is to acknowledge the affair and say it’s part of a long-standing separation between Dan and Rosamund. Having been told all about Dan, Peter is gracious and understanding of the situation, but he clearly doesn’t like it. Daisy is torn and her undecidedness leaves Peter to say he won’t stand in the way of her reuniting with Dan. Dan is gloating as if he’s won both her and the election – but that’s when Daisy realizes Peter is her true love.
Daisy Kenyon: Only two make a pair
Next up: Beat the Devil (1953)