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The Strange Woman -- Beautiful Jenny Hager finds she can always get what she wants from the men in the 1820's port of Bangor...
The Strange Woman -- A beautiful but conniving woman, married to an older man, sets her sights on his attractive young son who returns home to visit.


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Release Date:
25 October 1946 (USA) See more »
So shocking she could only be spoken about in whispers!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hedy Lamarr ... Jenny Hager

George Sanders ... John Evered

Louis Hayward ... Ephraim Poster

Gene Lockhart ... Isaiah Poster
Hillary Brooke ... Meg Saladine

Rhys Williams ... Deacon Adams
June Storey ... Lena Tempest
Moroni Olsen ... Rev. Thatcher
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Hollis
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Partridge

Alan Napier ... Judge Henry Saladine
Dennis Hoey ... Tim Hager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Sailor in Saloon (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Mrs. Thatcher (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Lumberjack (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Lumberjack (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Coggins (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Lumberjack (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Street Rowdy (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Boy on Bridge (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Boy on Bridge (uncredited)
Ian Keith ... Lincoln Pittridge (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Boat Captain (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Poster's Workman (uncredited)
Jo Ann Marlowe ... Jenny as a Girl (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Doctor Bailey (uncredited)
Christopher Severn ... Ephraim Poster as a Child (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Poster's Workman (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Duncan (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Lumberjack (uncredited)
Katherine Yorke ... Mrs. Pittridge (uncredited)
Chief Yowlachie ... Indian Guide (uncredited)

Directed by
Edgar G. Ulmer  (as Edgar Ulmer)
Douglas Sirk (uncredited)
Writing credits
Herb Meadow (screenplay)

Ben Ames Williams (novel "The Strange Woman")

Hunt Stromberg  uncredited
Edgar G. Ulmer  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... producer
Hedy Lamarr .... executive producer
Eugen Schüfftan .... producer
Hunt Stromberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Carmen Dragon 
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot (director of photography) (as Lucien Andriot)
Film Editing by
John M. Foley 
Richard G. Wray 
Production Design by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Art Direction by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Costume Design by
Natalie Visart 
Makeup Department
Blanche Smith .... hair stylist
Joseph Stinton .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director
Art Department
Victor Greene .... assistant art director (as Victor Green)
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
James E. Newcom .... supervising film editor
Other crew
Hunt Stromberg .... presenter
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Douglas Sirk directed, uncredited, the opening sequence with Jenny Hager as a child.See more »
Lincoln Pittridge:[Giving a sermon, quoting from Proverbs 5:3] The lips of a strange woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil... But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword!See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The 1940 Hays Code Morality Clause Kicks in Again, 13 November 2007
Author: howardmorley from United Kingdom

Whenever I see a 1940s film which shows characters breaking the 10 commandments, I say "Here we go again, the villain(ess) will get their comeuppance before the film's end.It may seem perverse but I sometimes wish they could succeed with their aims, particularly when there is good in the character like here.A case in point is the character of Jenny Hager (Hedy Lamarr) who has a drunken father who beats her.Modern psychologists would have a field day with that one to explain adult motivation and her mental/sexual relationships with men.The transition from a young Jenny's face reflected in the local pond to a mature woman was effective.Unfortunately there is no getting away with her Bangor Maine accent and I was surprised Hedy got the lead role.She was obviously not a recently arrived immigrant from Austria as her father feigned a Scottish accent.I much prefer Hedy naturally playing herself in films with a believable cover story.One of my favourites is "Come Live With Me" (1941) co-starring with James Stewart where she plays a Viennese visitor who has overstayed on her passport.George Sanders is likewise too sophisticated to play a man who we are told prefers to work in a logging camp.He was likewise better cast in "Rebecca" and "The Portrait of Dorian Gray".

On the plus side, Hedy is given a chance to act instead of standing still and looking stupid.Gene Lockhart acts with his British born wife Kathleen, playing Hedy's first husband.These two appeared together in Hedy's first U.S. film "Algiers" (1938) in which she co-starred with Charles Boyer.In the latter film Gene played an informer who gets shot but in "Strange Woman" is given a slightly more sympathetic role as the town's richest man.On balance I did not think Hedy deserved her cruel, fatal accident but she was trying to run down her new husband George Sanders and his ex-fiancé!!If you like costume drama (1820s), you will enjoy this DVD which can be easily purchased.

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