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One of Doris Wishman's best mid-career films, the lurid yet prudish My Brother's Wife is more coherent than most of the director's work, but still writhes with the bizarre images and suffocating atmosphere so common to her titles. Bored, frustrated young housewife Mary (June Roberts) finds herself tormented by desire when her husband Bob (Bob Oran) welcomes his wayward brother Frankie (Sam Stewart) into their home after a long estrangement. The larcenous Frankie exploits his lonely sister-in-law's lustful feelings, bedding her down and raiding her pocketbook. Mary believes they'll run away together when she siphons off enough of Bob's bank account, but Frankie intends on grabbing the cash and splitting town with his avaricious girlfriend Zena (Darlene Bennett). When the truth is finally revealed, one of them will be dead and the others will never be the same. Visually, My Brother's Wife is one of Wishman's richest films, as randomly stitched together as any of her titles but full of strangely affecting shots. The lingerie-bedecked anatomies of the leading ladies are examined in abstract close-ups of bellies, bottoms, and feet that are more baffling than arousing, and there's no shortage of extraneous cutaways to light fixtures, ashtrays, and other knickknacks displayed in Wishman's apartment (the setting for most of her features). Wishman regulars Sam Stewart (also in Bad Girls Go to Hell and Too Much Too Often) and Darlene Bennett (A Taste of Flesh, Another Day, Another Man) star along with other familiar faces from the director's oeuvre. Fred Beldin, All Movie Guide