The Reckless Moment, a powerful movie starring Joan Bennett and James Mason

After a successful acting career at home, Huddersfield-born James Mason moved across the Atlantic and The Reckless Moment (1949) was one of his early movies there.

Starring alongside Joan Bennett (Lucia Harper), he plays Martin Donnelly.

Lucia Harper’s young daughter is seeing an older man and after she intervenes to break them up, he visits the family home.

He falls over decking and dies but instead of reporting the accident, Lucia Harper disposes of the body herself to protect her daughter from a scandal.

She then becomes subjected to blackmail, with Martin Donnelly one of the criminals involved.