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A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 29 January 1948 (USA)
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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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 13, 1949 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. See more »

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Dr. Libbard: Some women cry as easily as a pig grunts. And enjoy it very nearly as much.
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A highly literate script by Aldous Huxley and an absorbing courtroom drama.
20 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Henry Maurier (Boyer) is an arrogant wealthy Englishman married to Emily who is both sickly and shrewish. Doris (Blyth) is his much younger mistress. The Maurier's also have a woman friend named Janet Spence (Tandy) who has always loved Maurier. When Emily is poisoned, suspicion falls on Henry and there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence against him. The script, by Aldous Huxley, is extremely literate and the movie is a pleasure to watch. Courtroom fans will also enjoy the capably executed inquest and trial scenes.


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