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Wise's streamlined directing style was founded on his training and expertise as an editor, as evidenced in this taut scene.

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Piper Laurie plays the squeezebox on the set, looking innocent enough, even though her character is "the ill-fated sister who marries an oaf beneath her station and then tries to appease her hunger for love with as many officers as possible" (from the New York Times review, October 9, 1957). Laurie starred again with Paul Newman (this time as his love interest) in her next picture four years later....THE HUSTLER. After that film, she did not work again until 1976, when she played the demented mother in CARRIE. She received Academy Award nominations for both those roles.


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