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The Wicked Lady (1945)

17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom. Her next exploit is to recover gambling losses by donning mask and cloak and taking to... See full summary »

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17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom. Her next exploit is to recover gambling losses by donning mask and cloak and taking to the roads as a highwayman! The thrill of these ventures proves addictive...especially when she meets a male highwayman who becomes her lover. Together, the two desperados lead a gay secret life, pursued by the local magistrate Sir Ralph Skelton...Barbara's husband! To what further crimes will the wicked Lady Skelton descend? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Le masque aux yeux verts  »

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Came ninth in the UK's Ultimate Film, in which films were placed in order of how many seats they sold at cinemas See more »

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The newspaper that first reports Barbara's and Jerry's exploits is dated Thursday, November 10th 1683. The 10th was a Saturday. See more »

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Lady Henrietta Kingsclere: Barbara, are you trying to make a fool of me?
Barbara Worth: Of course not. There's no need.
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Referenced in 'Doctor Who': The Troughton Years (1991) See more »

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Down Among the Dead Men
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Arranged by Hans May
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What a hoot!
26 March 2006 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

Wicked Lady is quite the racy little melodrama! For its time, I can imagine it was totally scandalous, but quite tame by today's standards. Margaret Lockwood is delicious as the "bad" Barbara Worth, and James Mason is totally sardonic and witty as her bad boy companion. The times when the two of them are together on screen are by far the most wicked fun (except, of course, when Barbara is contriving some plot to bend everyone around her to her silly will). Honestly, you can see the wheels turning in her head. Her performance and character was the prototype for that queen of all heroines, Scarlet O'Hara. At this time the film was made, English ladies were all atwitter about this genre of Rank Organisations films (of which The Wicked Lady might be the best). I suppose during the war, this type of escapism fantasy must have been just the ticket.


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