The New Pictures, Sep. 18, 1950

Born to Be Bad (RKO Radio) casts Joan Fontaine as a wicked lady with kittenish airs and tigerish aspirations. Radiating sweet innocence, she connives to steal the wealthy fiance (Zachary Scott) of her friend (Joan Leslie). Meantime she enjoys a carnal fling with an author (Robert Ryan), who cannot resist, even while recognizing her as "a cross between Lucrezia Borgia and Peg 0' My Heart."

Joan's maneuvers are so crudely plotted that they would not fool an adolescent boy. Under Nicholas Ray's solemnly pretentious direction, she gives a performance overloaded with her familiar coy...

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