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Bedelia (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1 February 1947 (USA)
Bedelia, a newly remarried beautiful widow, is on honeymoon in Monte Carlo. A painter approaches her inquiring about her past. When she and her husband go back to England the artist will soon be there. Danger, crime and truth will follow.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry K. Barnes ...
Beatrice Varley ...
Louise Hampton ...
Nurse Harris
Julien Mitchell ...
Dr. McAfee
Vi Stevens ...
Mrs. McAfee
Kynaston Reeves ...
Mr. Bennett
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Bennett
John Salew ...
Alec Johnstone
Barbara Blair ...
Sylvia Johnstone
Daphne Arthur ...
Miss Jenkins
Claude Bailey ...
Capt. McKelvey


Bedelia Carrington is living happily, it appears, in Monte Carlo with her husband Charlie Carrington. But a cultivated young artist, Ben Chaney, begins probing into her past with curious concern. Chaney, who is really a detective, learns that Bedelia's obsession for money has led her, in the past, to husband-poisoning for the insurance money. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MARGARET LOCKWOOD as BEDELIA who had more than her share of men, jewels, and love and wanted more, more, MORE! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

1 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Pérola Negra  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[last lines]
Ben Chaney: There was no mystery about her motives. She killed for money. But there was still an enigma. The enigma of the soul of a human being who would commit murder. Bedelia could caress and with those same soft hands poison in cold blood. In that delicate balance of good and evil lies the deepest of human mysteries, a problem that no detective, physician or psychologist has ever solved.
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On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at
Music composed by Thomas Clark (1805)
Words - traditional
Played at 22 minutes to underline Yorkshire setting.
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The Wicked Lady Transported to the 20th century
1 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a treat to buy this old movie from a rare US dealer to add to my Margaret Lockwood (ML) collection.I was in doubt if I would ever find a copy after many days of fruitless research as it is not sold by mainstream video/DVD dealers, never appears on eBay nor is it shown on UK TV networks.In fact the film only seemed to be shown by exclusive cinema clubs.I have a fascination for film noirs made in the year of my birth, i.e. 1946.Barry K Barnes was on her side to defend her as a barrister in "The Girl in the News"(1940) when ML played nurse Graham wrongly accused of murdering her employer.Here in "Bedelia" he plays an insurance investigator who adopts the persona of an artist when under cover, investigating deaths by poison of Bedelia's previous husbands.In "Bedelia" he is out to get her.

Ian Hunter as Charlie Carrington had the good fortune to play opposite Hedy Lamarr in "Come Live With Me" (1941) and here co-stars with ML, another sultry, raven haired beauty.If film fans can visualise Lady Skelton (ML's most famous role) from "The Wicked Lady" (1945) transported from the late 17th century to 1946; this is how she would behave!!It was good to see Anne Crawford again.I have her in my collection in "They Were Sisters" and "Millions Like Us" both from 1943.She tragically died quite young per IMDb's biography.I thought the Vera Caspary story, originally set in Connecticut in 1913, was easily transplanted to Europe in a contemporary setting.It gave ML the chance to wear some attractive costumes.I thought the user rating low at 5.7 and have rated it 7/10 to give it a bit of an uplift.

If any of you can find a copy of this rare film, it will be well worth the effort.

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