Portraying the '50s as intellectually stunted not only misses the point, it wildly misrepresents what really happened. Not only was the decade not an era of mindless conformity, it was the diametric opposite.
Nothing reinforces female yearning for romance and the perfect man like a plaintive song trilled by a woman. In The Deep Blue Sea, director Terence Davies calls on Jo Stafford to hit it out of the ballpark.
Just how dedicated are you to your job ... on a scale of 1 to 100? This was the scale on which one post-WWII era, working woman was rated. And apparently her penchant for the occasional love story docked her a whole lot of dedication points.