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A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed  -  Thriller | Drama  -  23 May 1941 (USA)
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A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

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Dr. Gustaf Segert
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Torsten Barring
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Vera Segert
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Bernard Dalvik
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Consul Magnus Barring
Marjorie Main ...
Emma Kristiansdotter
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Herman Rundvik
Connie Gilchrist ...
Christina Dalvik
Richard Nichols ...
Lars-Erik Barring
Charles Quigley ...
Eric
Gwili Andre ...
Gusta
Clifford Brooke ...
Wickman
George Zucco ...
Defense Attorney
Henry Kolker ...
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Storyline

Anna Holm is a blackmailer, who because of a facial scar, despises everyone she encounters. When a plastic surgeon performs an operation to correct this disfigurement, Anna becomes torn between the hope of starting a new life, and a return to her dark past. Written by Kelly

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FASCINATING! COMPELLING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Thriller | Drama

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23 May 1941 (USA)  »

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Erpressung  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Cukor wanted Anna's recital of her life story to be done in a tired, mechanical fashion, so he had Crawford repeat the multiplication tables over and over until he got the monotonous tone he was looking for. Then, he rolled the cameras. See more »

Goofs

When Anna first discusses the potential murder of the child, she alternately has her arms crossed in front of her chest, and outstretched holding a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Police Matron: That's a fine trick. You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.
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Referenced in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

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An excellent movie!
28 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An exciting cast, an excellent story, excellent acting. Joan Crawford is perfect as a malevolent blackmailer who has a change of heart after her facial disfigurement is repaired.

The story progresses in an interesting way, with the plot unfolding during a murder trial. Each witness builds the story line, and the script has many unexpected plot twists, making this film anything but predictable.

This film is a good example of how skillful film makers create special effects without high-tech gadgetry. It's wonderful that we have films like this to show us what real movie-making is like.


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