Film critic Bosley Crowther wrote a mixed review: "The director and scenarist of the Ambassador's new mystery, My Name Is Julia Ross, deserve a B-plus for effort at least. Smart, sharp and tightly-wound, My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) bridges the film-noir with the Had-I-But-Known mystery, a genre normally the preserve of such mystery writers like Mary Roberts Rinehart and Phyllis A. Whitney. We hope the beta will be up sometime late next week. Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. George Cukor's gender-bending Sylvia Scarlett proposes a heroine who learns nothing from her cross-gendered ordeal. In San Francisco, detective partners Jack Packard and Doc Long are hired by socialite Jefferson Monk who believes someone is following him with the aim to kill him. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, in different clothes, and with a new identity. When the real doctor shows up, Julia thinks he's also a fake and refuses to see him. Director Joseph H. Lewis' film was based on a little-known 1943 novel by Anthony Gilbert, pen name for Lucy Beatrice Malleson, The Woman in Red, and lifts the bookish qualities of the narrative (closed living quarters, stuffy characters) to the much more cinematic realms of panoramic vistas. Julia throws her gown out the window, making it look like she threw herself to her death, then hides in the secret passage. Blue Note Re:imagined provides an entrance for new audiences to hear what's going on in British jazz today as well as to go back to the past and enjoy old glories. The doctor recommends she be taken to a hospital immediately, but Mrs. Hughes persuades him to come back in the morning. Looking for something to watch? The Hugheses substitute a blank sheet of paper and allow her to post it, unaware that Julia has anticipated them and written a second letter. Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. The only drawback is the rather soft ending, which lays down gently the conclusion when it should shatter in a satisfying release from the film's slow-building tension. This drama is the first in a series of films noir directed by Lewis and features Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty and George Macready.[1]. That night, Julia discovers a secret passage to her room and overhears Ralph admit to his mother that he murdered his wife in a fit of rage and disposed of her body in the sea. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? But things take a drastic turn when Julia wakes up the next morning in a room and in clothing she does not recognize. Later, Julia and Dennis drive away and talk about getting married. When Ralph tries to flee, he is shot down. Dead of Winter is every bit as fun as My Name Is Julia Ross -- just not as smart. Crime. With Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno. He is dispatched to London to intercept the letter. He smashes it down on the table, shattering it into pieces, New to Streaming: Parasite, The Grand Bizarre, Columbia Noir, Grass & More, Everything Coming to The Criterion Channel as it Launches This Month, Criterion Channel Announces First Month of Programming — Stream 10 David Lynch Movies and More. As well, for all its regal varnish and royal trappings, the Hughes estate manages to evince a certain creepiness, effective for its lack of obvious gothic furnishing, which only serves to heighten the eeriness of the Hughes' suspicious behaviour.