This movie has already been criticized by earlier reviewers as a hybrid with at least 4 distinct plots, only one of which is resolved at its final curtain. It is the least original and far the most conventional of the lot. The most fascinating theme concerned the ultimate fate of an honest person in the fundamentally dishonest world of Big Business. The next most intriguing was how the battle of two wills would resolve ownership of the House that Tom Rath lived in. One really looked forward to a no-holds-barred court battle that the American Cinema handles so well, but it was not to be. It is hard to know whether the novel, that I have not read, is the root of the problem. The screenwriters are at fault for the rather dreadful dialogue between the children and their parents that represented the Rath abode as a House of Junior Zombies, and such humour as it generated was sickly --------think of chicken pox. Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck are competent actors, but they need a good story or a great director to set them alight. That is what they got in “Duel in the Sun” where the fire of their lust burns so much more brightly ( and they with it) than the tame fireside embers chit-chat that characterizes the greater part of their relationship here, until the final unexpected blow-up and its even more surprising denouement. Nunnally Johnson is not a director who impresses me, and even the great Frederic March turns in a performance that is poor by his standards. The one bright spot is Lee J Cobb’s benign and slightly comical Judge Bernstein, a role so different from his usual macho roles. He could, on this showing, have become one of Hollywood’s great comedy actors if given more chances. From the visual and acoustic standpoints, the film shows very well on this DVD, and the availability of English Subtitles is a blessing to a hard-of-hearing octogenarian like myself.