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Release Date:
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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Garbo's loss - Crawford's gain See more (38 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
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)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Francis de Croisset (play "Il etait une fois") (as Francis De Croisset)

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) and
Elliot Paul (screen play)

Produced by
Victor Saville .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Waters .... second unit 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's
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... dance director
 
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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:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 2, 1942 with Conrad Veidt reprising his film role.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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Garbo's loss - Crawford's gain, 11 January 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Thanks to "A Woman's Face," Joan Crawford's slumped career had a badly needed revival, and Greta Garbo's career ended. Garbo had a choice of "A Woman's Face" or "Two-Faced Woman," but she refused to play a character with a deformity. So she made the disastrous "Two-Faced Woman" instead and retired, her face free of scars and her life free of films.

Ingrid Bergman made the original movie in Sweden, and in the hands of MGM, it translated quite well with a superb performance from Joan Crawford, perhaps the best of her career, as a scarred, bitter woman who makes her living from blackmail. Her story is told in a series of flashbacks, as each character testifies at the woman's trial.

The performances, from MGM's able stable, are very good - Melvyn Douglas as a doctor, Conrad Veidt as an evil man who wants to use Crawford for his own ends (he described himself in this film as "Lucifer in a tuxedo"), Osa Massen, Albert Basserman, Donald Meek, Henry Daniell, George Zucco, and Marjorie Main. Richard Nichols, as the little boy Lars-Erik, sports the same southern accent in Sweden as he did in France in "All This and Heaven, Too." Crawford is excellent, and one wonders if the role of Anna didn't strike a chord with her given her difficult childhood. Under Cukor's direction, she handles the role beautifully.

A very good movie, and an exciting sleigh ride at the end that you won't want to miss.

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