a 'scream queen' after appearing in a number of horror films including The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957), The Cyclops (1957), and I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958).The movie is perfectly cast. The film is directed by Michael Curtiz.
The New York Times doesn't like it, describing it as "generally a slow, talky affair of elephantine roguishness and a few genuine chuckles." Variety, on the other hand, gives it a good review and says, "Michael Curtiz' directorial pacing and topflight performances from Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov help minimize the few flaws." DVD Journal calls it "a smooth, low-key Hollywood classic that's held up over the years, so bulletproof that even ...[the remake] ... pales in comparison" and says it's "bound to join a lot of folks' collections as a Christmas favorite". There are overviews at TCM and MSN.