|John O'Hara in his study|
Here's a link to O'Hara's film work.
I'd managed to find and watch all the films associated with him--all but one: I Was an Adventuress (1940), I recently found a DVD available on Amazon's site; I bought it; it arrived a few days ago; I watched in Thursday evening.
It's actually a pretty good caper film staring (Vera) Zorina (1970-2003), a ballerina who starred in a handful of films. (We get to see her perform a chunk of Swan Lake near the end of the film.) She's part of a trio of con artists (the other two are Peter Lorre and Erich von Stroheim--both are very good in the film) who use a switch-the-jewels con to great success. (The film opens with them in operation.) But then--they pull the con on Richard Greene (who would later play Robin Hood in one of my favorite TV shows in the 50s and 60s), and Zorina falls for him. Complications ensue.
The production values are very 1940: elaborate interiors, fakey looking exteriors with filmed backgrounds in front of live action--there's an amusing car chase near the end that's patently using film speed to increase the speed of the vehicles.
Still ... I got involved with the characters and was fooled a couple of times by something that looked real but turned out to be yet another con. I like that!
In a week or so I'm going to upload to Kindle Direct a long biographical essay about O'Hara--about my adventures chasing his story--and now I have finally seen I Was an Adventuress and can include a bit about it. I'll keep you posted ...
PS--Here's a link to a YouTube clip from the film ...