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A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 9 May 1941 (USA)
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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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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This film received its initial television showing in Philadelphia Sunday 28 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Altoona PA 19 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Seattle 24 May 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 31 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by New Haven CT 15 July 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Cincinnati 28 July 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Phoenix 8 August 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Honolulu 29 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Syracuse 4 October 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), by New York City 11 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) , by Hartford CT 27 October 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Norfolk VA 25 November 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), and by Los Angeles 24 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Chicago it was first telecast 27 September 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 6 July 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Police Matron: That's a fine trick. You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.
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She's a `cold-blooded, ruthless little Galatea' - or is she?
8 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film may surpass even Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning performance in `Mildred Pierce' as the best of her career. `A Woman's Face' is part courtroom drama, part mystery, and unfolds in the form of flashbacks through the eyes of no less than half a dozen questionable characters. Crawford plays Anna Holm, a facially scarred woman whose disfigurement has led her to an embittered life of crime.

Melvyn Douglas is perfectly cast as the handsome and heroic Dr. Segert, and Conrad Veidt plays Torsten Barring, the despicable charmer. Crawford's interpretation of a genuinely mean-spirited and heartless Anna develops into a complex character who wins our sympathy despite her evil intentions. It's a breath of fresh air to see Crawford not made up glamorously. There are no dazzling gowns or mascara-ed lashes to distract the viewer from Crawford's fabulous performance.

With a brilliant supporting cast (including the adorable Richard Nichols as the 4 year-old Lars-Erik, and Marjorie Main as the suspicious housekeeper), `A Woman's Face' ranks among the best Crawford films of all time. It is a must-see for anyone who wishes to see a well-made, fascinating tale of intrigue, love and human frailty.


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