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The Strange Woman (1946)

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In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

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Ephraim Poster
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Deacon Adams
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Lena Tempest
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Rev. Thatcher
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Mrs. Partridge
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Judge Henry Saladine
Dennis Hoey ...
Tim Hager
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Beautiful Jenny Hager finds she can always get what she wants from the men in the 1820's port of Bangor, Maine. Freed by his death from her drunkard father she soon manoeuvres herself into a position to marry a middle-aged monied local businessman. Though she often uses his money to do good, she continues to consider all other men fair game. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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So shocking she could only be spoken about in whispers!


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25 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Douglas Sirk directed, uncredited, the opening sequence with Jenny Hager as a child. See more »

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Jenny Hager: I wanted so much things, i wanted the whole world, but... it was really only you !
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Should be better remembered
21 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

An obscure film which, because of surprising creative touches in directing, acting and editing, should be shown more often: more than a potboiler, more than a "women's picture" that did not happen to star Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, it offers an engaging story, characters of substance and - except for a convenient and contrived ending - an honest portrayal of people caught in a web of circumstances and emotions they cannot control. Aside from the glitter and sweep, it has more similarities to than differences from "Gone With the Wind."

This may be Hedy Lamarr's most challenging role, and she acquits herself quite well. George Sanders appears infrequently as a sympathetic character, but even he is victimized by the Scarlett O'Hara-like wiles of Hedy. That both of these performers have accents that are not suggestive of born-and-bred Maine residents should not constitute more than a minor annoyance. The picture has more than enough offsetting merits.


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