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A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

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Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic ... See full summary »

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Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic heart disease, and Henry promptly marries Doris, to the chagrin of neighbor Janet Spence, who loves him. When a post-mortem shows that Emily's death was precipitated by arsenic, Henry is placed on trial for his life. But is he guilty? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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29 January 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gioconda Smile  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1948 with Charles Boyer and Ann Blyth reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Libbard: Some women cry as easily as a pig grunts. And enjoy it very nearly as much.
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Version of Das Lächeln der Gioconda (1966) See more »

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Hell hath no fury like Jessica Tandy
4 May 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This film noir gem spins the tale of romance, unrequited love and revenge that conspire to frustrate a spinster in her pursuit of a man. The romance involves the man's dalliances with an attractive girl and the unrequited love is the bitter fruit of the spinster's quest to capture the man for herself. The revenge plays out its part in due course as the triangle emerges with malevolent undercurrents taking shape. The cast is excellent, especially Jessica Tandy and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, with Charles Boyer caught in the middle by the eager, determined females. Ann Blyth marries her suave suitor and sets in motion the cold fury of the spurned woman who can only watch as her dreams of happiness are dashed. The black and white camera work has a brooding quality and gives the film a classic film noir look.


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