Stanwyck's Postwar Dark Victory: The Other Love (1947)
Another from the Enterprise Studio's doomed
battalion of independent pics that lost money despite plentiful effort and
ambition. The chronicle of loss is well described at several places: a
book-length interview with director Andre DeToth by Anthony Slide, producer
David Lewis' career as told by Lewis and James Curtis in The Creative Producer(Scarecrow Press), and Allen Eyles' expert dissection of Enterprise and what
went wrong for that postwar venture (Focus On Film # 35). The Other Love was
meant to out-lush MGM at emotional story-telling, a variant on Dark Victory
with Barbara Stanwyck in denial over Dr. David Niven's grim prognosis. Stanwyck
was down for a percentage of net, her participation the whole reason the show went
forward. United Artists agreed to distribute The Other Love and other Enterprise pics for a
twenty-five percent fee, but UA had its own troubles and couldn't make a most
even of good product.
The Other Love gets by for Swiss-set drama where
they couldn't go to Switzerland
(there were limits even at free-spending Enterprise).
DeToth thought Lewis was incompetent as a producer, Lewis saying Stanwyck cut
dialogue to bone and wouldn't perform beyond a set number of takes. Eyles wrote
of two endings, one for us, with the sadder being Euro-served. The Other Love is watchable, given patience. There's nothing of real
life to it, this at a time when Hollywood
needed at least semblance of honesty with a war over andpublic turn-away from dream merchandise. The
Other Love took a million in domestic rentals but needed more to break even.
Enterprise-backing Bank Of America would assume custody of negatives the
company accumulated and try reissuing some before a 1953 dump to TV. The Other
Love actually came back that year as Man Killer, though how such a title
derived is anyone but a desperate marketer's guess.