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The Strange Mrs. Crane (1948)

Hoping to bury her criminal past, Jenny Hadley settles into a comfortable existence as Gina, the wife of the politician Clinton Crane. When her former associate Floyd Durant shows up to ... See full summary »

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Gina Crane, alias of Jenny Hadley
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Clinton Crane
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Mark Emery
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Barbara Arnold (as Ruthe Brady)
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Edna Emmerson
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Jeanette Woods
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Nora, the housekeeper
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Fred Marlow
Charles Williams ...
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Hoping to bury her criminal past, Jenny Hadley settles into a comfortable existence as Gina, the wife of the politician Clinton Crane. When her former associate Floyd Durant shows up to blackmail Gina, she has no choice but to murder him. Things take a bizarre turn when Barbara Arnold is charged with Durant's murder and Gina is selected to serve on the jury. Written by Robert

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Politician's wife tries to shake off blackmailer from her criminal past
17 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Strange Mrs. Crane" (1948) has been a noir that's been almost entirely overlooked by critics and fans, probably because it was an indie production that became rather unavailable and not shown on television in earlier days. That's changing because the film is currently available on YouTube. It definitely is worth seeking out and viewing.

The story has lawyer Pierre Watkin running for governor. His wife, Marjorie Lord, has a criminal past, unknown to him. Her old partner in crime, Robert Shayne, shows up. He works as a salesman in an establishment that sells fur coats. There he has enticed another employee, Ruth Brady. Lord and Watkin show up to buy a mink coat, whereupon Shayne spots her and hatches his blackmail scheme.

The blindness of Watkins and his drive to become governor lead him to place Lord under pressures she'd rather avoid. The criminal side of her nature re-emerges. The story generates a lot of feverish intensity on the part of Lord and Brady too. Lord has to cover up her worry in public so as not to reveal her knowledge of Shayne. She has to swim in a stream of deception and its course takes her to unexpected places. This one-hour thriller comes complete with a trial and courtroom sequence for fans of that element. The ending is a stunner.


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