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The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 1947 (UK)
A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.



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Complete credited cast:
Otto Wernecke
Mrs. Wernecke
Glen Vernon ...
Kirk (as Glenn Vernon)
Frank Darien ...
Jay Norris ...


Scott, a troubled Coast Guardsman assigned to a fog-bound station on a remote stretch of beach, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress when he survives a mine explosion that sinks his ship. Although he is engaged to a beautiful young woman who loves him, he becomes involved with an enigmatic femme fatale whom he meets near the beached wreckage of a torpedoed ship. She is married to a renowned painter who was blinded in a traumatic, but mysterious incident, details of which are very hazy. Although they only live in a small cottage, the couple have an ambivalent relationship especially in regards to his priceless cache of unsold paintings, a relationship that evolves into a romantic triangle as Scott falls under her seductive spell. Written by dule1029@aol.com

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Go ahead and say it...I'm no good!


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1947 (UK)  »

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Desirable Woman  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Toward the end of the movie Peggy is talking to Otto on the phone to warn about her husband and the Lt. It is the same phone they are each talking on. See more »


Peggy: [to Scott, who's clutching a dead man's life jacket he has found] If you're so afraid about ghosts, Lieutenant, what about that jacket you're holding?
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During the opening credits, the waves wash away one set of names before the next set is displayed. See more »


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Why can't I forget this? Renoir, let me go!
16 June 1999 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Although the screenplay is pretty dreadful, though based on an interesting idea, and the dialogue mostly either flat or silly, this film still shows Renoir's mastery, particularly in the purely visual field. It still stays with me in flashes, from nearly a lifetime ago. In addition to the director, that fine actor Robert Ryan, with almost nothing to work with, creates a strong impression. Definitely worth seeing with a fair amount of tolerance.

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