There was never any question of ""Who Killed Mr. Crittenden?"", paterfaillias of seven. His longstanding inamorata stepped up to him and shot him in full public view saying ""You have ruined me and my child"". Thus this revival of a scarlet- lettered story is not interesting as a criminal case- but as social history since the trial, a notorious one from Nob Hill to New York, challenged the Victorian conjugal code and the domestic fabric of the times. This then is the story of Laura Fair, her unhappy three marriages, her unhappier ""engagement"" to the much married Mr. Crittenden who claimed he would divorce his wife and didn't, and their flagrant attachment which was played out with a show of threats, reproaches and tears to its ultimate conclusion...A reprise of a primrose purple crime passionel handled with care, judgment and a sense of social commentary.