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Dishonored Lady (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  16 May 1947 (USA)
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Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Madeleine Damien
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Dr. David S. Cousins
John Loder ...
Felix Courtland
William Lundigan ...
Jack Garet
Morris Carnovsky ...
Dr. Richard Caleb
Ethel Royce
Paul Cavanagh ...
Victor Kranish
District Attorney O'Brien (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Mrs. Geiger


Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty advertiser, and her bad luck with men are driving her to a breakdown. She seeks the help of a psychiatrist, and under his orders, quits her job and moves into a smaller flat under a new identity. She becomes interested in painting and a handsome neighbor. He soon finds out about her past when an ex-suitor implicates her in a murder. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Unbridled passion . . . scandal . . . murder!


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Release Date:

16 May 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sins of Madeleine  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Most of the characters' names from the play were changed for the film version. See more »


Towards the end of the film when Dr Cousins 'punches' Jack Garet, Garet flies backwards without contact. See more »


Dr. Richard Caleb, Psychiatrist: Falling in love doesn't cure everything overnight.
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Promiscuity and She
21 March 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Beautiful and suicidal Hedy Lamarr (as Madeleine Damien) takes her psychiatrist's advice, and moves from promiscuous Manhattan magazine editor to struggling Greenwich Village artist. She falls in love with building mate Dennis O'Keefe (as David S. Cousins), a scientist; and, the two plan to marry. But, when Mr. O'Keefe is called away on business, Ms. Lamarr gets snookered and lapses into her prior lifestyle. Although she comes to her senses in time to flee frisky John Loder (as Felix Courtland), her presence in his apartment makes Lamarr a murder suspect.

So, how does she explain all this to returning fiancé O'Keefe?

This deliciously ludicrous, dated melodrama is gamely performed by Lamarr, who really pulls it off, with determination and beauty. These types of pictures are always easier to watch with an extremely attractive woman at the helm; and, "Dishonored Lady" is tailor-made for a beautiful Hollywood actress. Interestingly, Mr. Loder was, at the time, Lamarr's real-life husband - though, not for long. None of the men seem entirely up for Lamarr, but chatty Margaret Hamilton (after "The Wizard of Oz") and catty Natalie Schafer (before "Gilligan's Island") offer helpful support.

****** Dishonored Lady (5/16/47) Robert Stevenson ~ Hedy Lamarr, Dennis O'Keefe, John Loder, William Lundigan

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