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Dishonored Lady -- Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night...
Dishonored Lady -- Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night...
Dishonored Lady -- A fashion editor; decides the pressure of her work is too much and moves to a small town and changes her identity.


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Release Date:
16 May 1947 (USA) See more »
Unbridled passion . . . scandal . . . murder!
Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A pretty good flick--odd that it's slipped into the public domain. See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hedy Lamarr ... Madeleine Damien

Dennis O'Keefe ... Dr. David S. Cousins

John Loder ... Felix Courtland
William Lundigan ... Jack Garet
Morris Carnovsky ... Dr. Richard Caleb

Natalie Schafer ... Ethel Royce

Paul Cavanagh ... Victor Kranish

Douglass Dumbrille ... District Attorney O'Brien (as Douglas Dumbrille)

Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Geiger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Biby ... Clerk (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Carl, Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini ... Club Patron (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Police Sgt. Patella (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Attorney's Assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Joy ... Mitchell (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... AP News Broadcaster (uncredited)

Fred Kohler Jr. ... First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Judge (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Passerby (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Jim - Doorman (uncredited)
Ransom M. Sherman ... Mr. Shirley (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Courtland's Houseboy (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Freddie Fancher (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Police Sgt. Bartlett (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Dr. E.G. Lutz (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Edward Sheldon (play) and
Margaret Ayer Barnes (play)

Edmund H. North (screenplay)

André De Toth  uncredited
Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Chertok .... 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 
Production Design by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Art Direction by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Costume Design by
Elois Jenssen (gowns)
Makeup Department
Ruth Pursley .... hair stylist
Joseph Stinton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Keefe .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (as Lester Guthrie)
Art Department
Victor Green .... assistant art director
Robert Priestley .... interior decorator (as Robert Priestly)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Joseph I. Kane .... sound (as Joe Kane)
Editorial Department
James E. Newcom .... supervising editor
Other crew
Francis Dawson .... dialogue director
Guthrie McClintic .... stage producer
David O. Selznick .... special thanks: arrangement for Stevenson
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Sins of Madeleine" - USA (reissue title)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Approved (PCA #11928, Adult Audience)

Did You Know?

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Towards the end of the film when Dr Cousins 'punches' Jack Garet, Garet flies backwards without contact.See more »
Madeleine Damien:You speak Russian?
Dr. David S. Cousins:Over a bottle of vodka everybody speaks Russian.
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Featured in Dry Run (2010)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A pretty good flick--odd that it's slipped into the public domain., 11 May 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While this is not always the case, often films that have slipped into the public domain are not all that good--orphans from studios that would sooner pretend they didn't exist! In other words, the film was a stinker so they didn't bother to renew the copyright. But, in the case of "Dishonored Lady", the film is pretty good and you wonder why it's included with these clunkers.

The film begins with Hedy Lamarr behaving like she'd like to die--though she denies she has a problem. She also is apparently 'a bad lady' though the film only implied what this means--and I do think this is one case where the requirements of the Production Code harmed the movie. Had they said she had been very sexually active, what happened throughout the film would have made a lot more sense.

Regardless, a kind psychiatrist sees a sad and sick lady and offers to help. They make some progress and Hedy decides much of her problem is the company she keeps, so she quits her high-paid job and leaves all her old 'friends'. With a brand-new identity, she takes joy in a simpler and less salacious life. She also meets a nice guy (Dennis O'Keefe) and they fall in love. However, she does not tell him about her past--and eventually this comes between them. I could say a lot more, but I'll leave it up to you to find out for yourself.

The film had some nice performances. While Hedy is a bit wooden, she often was wooden--and it's probably one of her better performances. While O'Keefe is a lesser-known actor, he was also very good--and I liked him at the end in a very rough and tumble scene. The script was nice as well--with my only real complaint being the vagueness of Hedy's past. Worth seeing, though by no means a great film.

By the way, if you do see this movie, get a load of the crazy wardrobe Hedy wears through much of the film. NO ONE ever dressed like this--not that chic and well-coiffed. In fact, I found it a bit laughable that she looked like she stepped off a fashion runway every time she went to work!

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