The Reckless Moment

Synopsis: In the charming community of Balboa 50 miles from Los Angeles, middle-class housewife Lucia Harper travels to Los Angeles to meet scoundrel, Ted Darby. Her seventeen year-old daughter Beatrice is in love with Ted. He asks for money to leave Bea, but Lucia refuses to give any. Bea does not believe her mother when told and during the night she sneaks out to the boat garage to meet Ted who admits that Lucia told the truth. Bea pushes him and Ted falls to his on an anchor. The next morning, Lucia finds the body and assumes that Bea has killed her lover. She decides to get rid of the corpse and puts it in her boat and dumps it far from home. When the police find Ted, a stranger, Martin Donnelly, visits Lucia to blackmail her on behalf of his partner, Nagel who has several letters Bea had written to Ted. Donnelly wants $5000 for the letters. The desperate Lucia tries to raise the amount. Martin falls in love with Lucia and tries to help her too. The dangerous Nagel wants to receive the amoun
Director(s): Max Ophüls
Production: Universal
82 min


This happened last year,

a week before Christmas,

The family lived in Harper

quiet place called Balboa,

... about 80 kilometers

Los Angeles.

An early morning ...

Mrs. Harper was ...

drive to Los Angeles y ...

Mom? Mom, where are you going?

- Mr. Darby is Ted?

- His name?

- Mrs. Harper. I want to see him.

- One moment.

If you have a call, excuse,

already know where I am.

Ok, I will.

Mr. Darby Quere

to wait at the bar.

At the bar?

This time will be talking ...

This guy has it.

Yesterday saw my bet of 50.

I do not think the game was clean.

It is too early

to serve something, miss.

- No problem.

- Do not take. Ten minutes.

Good day.

- Good morning. Where is it?

- You're at the bar.

- Mrs. Harper?

- Yes

Ted Darby. Pete, let them.

- So you're the mother of Bea.

- Yes, sir Darby and ...

I did not know she had

a mother so young.

They look very similar.

- I can not offer anything.

- There came a social visit.

What I have to say

be quick.

Continue, please.

I do not want to return

to see my daughter.

This is not that Bea should decide?

I do not think. It's just a girl.

- Has 17 years.

- 18 next month.

Seventeen, Mr. Darby.

And it is clear that no age

to know what suits you.

Mrs. Harper, nothing happens.

Bea likes to get out and meet

interesting people. I'll give you that.

You can leave without you. I do not want

that Bea skirt with people like that.

Hope you're not judging

this temporary situation.

- ... Mrs. Harper. My apartment ...

- I know what kind of person you are.

- I've been checking.

- What Bea thinks of all this?

Do not say anything and I will not do

because you will not see her anymore.


Yes, and I'll do whatever

necessary to prevent.

- I think we should talk about it.

- There's nothing to talk about.

Sure. You were very

frank. And I will be.

I did not know how much it bothered

to come out with Bea ...

And now ... I know, I

collaborate, want to help.

I think in agreement

We can hit everything.

Why is it so important to you

who miss Bea?

- Very important.

- I mean in monetary terms.

Otherwise I can not promise

I shall not return to see her, ma'am.

Do not worry, Mr. Darby.

Facilitated me things.

Can I talk to her and not have

that worrying about nothing ...

And know when ...

what you feel for her.

Goodbye, Mr. Darby.


Call me with Balboa.

Harper 2626. Miss Harper.

Mom, How was Los Angeles

without telling us anything?

He had things to do.

- I'll put a new horn.

- It's late. Poe shirt, David.



How's it going?

Why not say it would

to Los Angeles this morning?

I wanted to go to a store

before that had a lot of people.

Sybil, or turn it off? I hear

the outcome of races.

I do not know that

wants to hear, Mr. Harper.

Hello, Mrs. Harper.

Never won.

- Sybil, where is Bea?

- I have not seen during the afternoon.

It is the fourth lady

using the shower again.

- Is that you, Mom?

- Yes, Bea.

When finished showering

I want to talk to you.

I know.

How do you know?

Mom. how can I

so humble, going to see Ted?

It was also humiliating for me.

I'm not used

to deal with people like him.

- Do you know what kind of man is?

- Yes I know.

- Will you tell me that looks bad.

- Yes

Who lives in a small hotel

dirty and horrible.

When Ted called, commented

would you say that.

A moment.

I spoke to expect, Bea.

He also said that is

not willing to see you again?

Economically ... if you make it up?

I think not.

Do not think that will invent

something like that, right?

Ted said he made a drama,

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