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A Woman's Face
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23 May 1941 (USA) See more »
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THEY CALLED HER A SCARFACED SHE-DEVIL(original poster-all caps) See more »
Plot:
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Superb Joan Crawford See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Anna Holm

Melvyn Douglas ... Dr. Gustaf Segert

Conrad Veidt ... Torsten Barring

Osa Massen ... Vera Segert

Reginald Owen ... Bernard Dalvik
Albert Bassermann ... Consul Magnus Barring
Marjorie Main ... Emma Kristiansdotter

Donald Meek ... 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 ... Judge
Robert Warwick ... Associate Judge
Gilbert Emery ... Associate Judge

Henry Daniell ... Public Prosecutor
Sarah Padden ... Police Matron
William Farnum ... Court Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hauk Aabel ... Nurse (uncredited)
Veda Buckland ... Nurse Getting Mirror (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Doris Day ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Court Notary (uncredited)
Robert C. Flasher ... Court Attendant (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Sailor-Suited Boy in Park (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Nurse (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Olaf (uncredited)
Alexander Leftwich ... Magnus Party Guest (uncredited)
James Millican ... Photographer (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... Einer (uncredited)
George Pauncefort ... Guest (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Popel ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Catherine Proctor ... Mrs. Segerblum (uncredited)
Cecil Stewart ... Pianist (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Francis de Croisset (play "Il etait une fois") (as Francis De Croisset)

Donald Ogden Stewart  and
Elliot Paul 

Produced by
Victor Saville .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck  (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wade B. Rubottom .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... dance director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7126)

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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:
Continuity: 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 Goddess (1958)See more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Superb Joan Crawford, 16 November 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Joan Crawford has one of her first great roles in this 1941 remake of a Swedish film that starred Ingrid Bergman. And she is superb. She plays a complex woman scarred in a fire caused by her drunken father. She has grown up as an outcast of society and turns to blackmailing as a way to make a living. Through a series of events she meets a plastic surgeon (Melvyn Douglas) who operates and transforms her life. But she is ensnared with villainous Conrad Veidt who wants to kill his nephew so he can inherit the family fortune.

Part thriller part courtroom drama, A Woman's Face gives Crawford the kind of role that showed off all her talents as an actress. This film, along with Mildred Pierce, Possessed, and Humoresque, ranks as one of her best. The entire cast is top notch.

Douglas is fine as the compassionate surgeon and Veidt is terrific as the murderous uncle. Marjorie Main has one of her best roles as the jealous housekeeper. Reginald Owen, Connie Gilchrist, and Donald Meek are Crawford's band of thieves. Albert Basserman is the old counsel. Richard Nichols is the cute kid. Osa Massen is Douglas' pig of a wife. Henry Kolker is the judge and Henry Daniell a lawyer.

Great direction (George Cukor) and cinematography. Exciting sleigh race at the finale. But first and foremost this is a Joan Crawford picture. Why didn't she get Oscar nominated for this gem?

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