Just before a wedding, the bridegroom hears a complex tale painting his lovely bride as devilish and unbalanced.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Blair
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Norman Clyde
Gene Raymond ...
John Willis
Sharyn Moffett ...
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Mr. Bonner
Henry Stephenson ...
Lord Wyndham
Katherine Emery ...
Mrs. Willis
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Mr. Wendell
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Bonner
Helene Thimig ...
Mrs. Monks
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Mrs. Wendell
Queenie Leonard ...
Woman Singer
Lilian Fontaine ...
Lady Wyndham
Myrna Dell ...
Thelma
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Storyline

Lovely Nancy seems like the ideal bride to fiancée John Willis... until, just before the ceremony, Willis is approached by Harry Blair, claiming to be Nancy's former husband. The tale Blair unfolds (in a flashback within a flashback within a flashback!) paints Nancy as a kleptomaniac, habitual liar, and perhaps worse. But is Blair telling the truth? And does fate have another surprise in store? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Her Mysterious Secret Wrecked 3 Men's Lives! Not love, not money...but a haunting hunger drove her to lie, cheat, steal. Why? IT'S THE STRANGEST SECRET EVER TOLD! (original poster) See more »

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20 December 1946 (USA)  »

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What Nancy Wanted  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film of Mari Aldon. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy and Norman are sitting at Luigi's restaurant talking, the length of the candle goes up and down several times as the camera angle is changed. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Wendall: Do you approve of foolish marriages?
Mr. Wendall: Certainly. They alienate relatives.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Hands, Knees and Boomps-a-Daisy
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Written by Annette Mills
Performed by Queenie Leonard
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Flashback within a flashback within a flashback!
23 October 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Yes! This is the movie that does just that - but it's worth watching for more than that. It is an inspired piece of film-making with excellent direction and fine photography. It also features some strong performances especially from the (is she or isn't she evil) Laraine Day, and the wonderful Brian Aherne. And Robert Mitchum's pretty good too. The best bits are almost expressionist - especially the music box shots - and it's full of the pseudo psychological nonsense that Hollywood loved so much in this era. Highly enjoyable.


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