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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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  (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)

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(1930). Stage Play: Dishonored Lady. Drama. Written by Margaret Ayer Barnes and Edward Sheldon. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. Empire Theatre: 4 Feb 1930- May 1930 (closing date unknown/127 performances). Cast: Fortunio Bonanova (as "Jose Moreno"), Katharine Cornell (as "Madeleine Cary"), Brenda Dahlen, Jimmy Daniels, Ruth Fallows, Paul Harvey (as "Lawrence Brennan"), Francis Lister, Edwin Morse, Lewis A. Sealy, Harvey Stephens, Fred Tiden [credited as Fred L. Tiden] (final Broadway role). Produced by Gilbert Miller and Guthrie McClintic. Note: Filmed by Hunt Stromberg Productions [distributed by United Artists] as Dishonored Lady (1947).See more »
Revealing mistakes: Towards the end of the film when Dr Cousins 'punches' Jack Garet, Garet flies backwards without contact.See more »
Dist. Atty. O'Brien:Her twisted soul was bent on heartless deceit.See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Hedy Lamarr in the Dock, 11 March 2009
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

"The most beautiful woman in films" was the epithet generally bestowed upon the amazing Hedy Lamarr. But she might equally well have been called "the most intelligent woman in films", because she was the co-inventor with George Antheil of radio-guided torpedoes for the U.S. Navy using a frequency-hopping method of communication which is now fundamental to the technology of all mobile cellphones. (The story of this is well told in Antheil's autobiography, "Bad Boy of Music".) This film is excellently directed by English director Robert Stevenson, director of several classics such as "Owd Bob" (1936; see my review). Hedy is, as usual, fascinating to watch, and because the real Hedy was a somewhat disturbed character (she was twice arrested for shop-lifting and once convicted), the slightly mad flicker in her eyes may not all have been acting. We have recently learned that she was really Jewish, not Austrian, and that makes a lot more sense, as she did not exactly look like an Alpine Yodeler (her real surname was Kiesler), although strangely enough, in this film at one point she dresses like one. In fact, the clothes worn by Hedy in this film are all so amazingly spectacular that they amount to nothing less than a fantasy fashion parade. At one point, she walks into the snow in a white fur coat which is so large one almost imagines her to be a polar bear masquerading as a human. The gowns and jackets are a cross between Dior and Dali. Opposite Lamarr as the serious love interest is, of all people, Dennis O'Keefe, better known as a tough guy, and who went on to make "T-Men" (see my review) in the same year. O'Keefe was always under-rated and here does very well as a gentle young scientist who always has his nose up a test tube and only occasionally notices how beautiful his girlfriend is. But Hedy is a gal with a past, and what a past. In those days, sexual compulsion bordering on nymphomania had to be treated delicately in films, never overtly stated. So we have here a film heavy with innuendo, and lots of emphatic ambiguities from Hedy's psychiatrist to worry us. (Morris Carnovsky always played a very convincing psychiatrist, and if he looked at me in that stern way and told me I was a nymphomaniac, I might almost believe him, even though I am a man. So poor Hedy never had a chance but to get well.) Why was it that she could not resist the oily John Loder? And everyone else, for that matter? Her attempts to reform, by moving to a Greenwich Village hideaway and becoming a simple artist, where she meets O'Keefe, are threatened by all those guys who just won't leave her alone. And cocktails do terrible things to her. This is a very gripping film, and Hedy Lamarr was perfect for the lead. Wrongly accused of John Loder's murder, Lamarr sits in court refusing to defend herself because O'Keefe doesn't love her any more (or does he?), and the tension goes right up to the end. Will she be convicted? Will O'Keefe overcome his disgust? Can her psychiatrist sway the jury? Will, can, love conquer all? Good stuff.

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