Down 14,687 this week

Alimony (1949)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  11 June 1949 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 67 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

A promising young composer is tempted away from his devoted wife by a fortune-seeking woman who cares more for his prospects than for him.



(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 641 titles
created 27 Jul 2012
a list of 68 titles
created 07 Nov 2012
list image
a list of 731 titles
created 22 May 2013
list image
a list of 1738 titles
created 30 Mar 2014
a list of 2240 titles
created 02 Apr 2014

Related Items

Search for "Alimony" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Alimony (1949)

Alimony (1949) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Alimony.


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a play's two producers are murdered, the playwright tries to solve the crime.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Reginald Denny, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf...then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Stars: Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell
Born to Kill (1947)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful girl decide to spend a night in the room to prove their bravery to her.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Gloria Stuart, Paul Lukas
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King
The Burglar (1957)
Film-Noir | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychopath takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely widow.

Director: Harry Horner
Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The lives of a number of the workers and executives in a Manhattan skyscraper are affected by the actions of a philandering and crooked company boss.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Mary Brian, Irene Rich, James Hall
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A man is framed and sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. When he is let out on limited parole, he sets out to clear his name and find the real criminals.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Robert Kent, Anne Nagel, Sidney Blackmer
Johnny Angel (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment from his father's ship and killed his father, the captain. He is joined in the search by Paulette, whose own father has been ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: George Raft, Claire Trevor, Signe Hasso
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An estranged wife shows up after a nearly 7 year disappearance to prevent her husband from marrying his new love, and someone kills her.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Mary Beth Hughes, Hugh Beaumont, Edmund MacDonald


Complete credited cast:
John Beal ...
Dan Barker
Hillary Brooke ...
Linda Waring
Laurie Lind ...
Helen Drake
Burton (Burt) Crail
James Guilfoyle ...
Paul Klinger
Marie Blake ...
Mrs. Nesbitt
Leonid Kinskey ...
Joe Wood
Ralph Graves ...
George W. Griswold / Curtis P. Carter
William Ruhl ...
Fred Richards
Harry Lauter ...


Small town girl Kitty Traves comes to New York with the idea of getting rich fast. Beginning as a 'model' she then becomes a divorce co-respondent in hotel room frame-ups. When her songwriting boyfriend, Dan Barker, runs out of songs and money, she send him back to his loyal, true-blue fiancée, Linda Waring. She moves on to marry a wealth industrialist, with divorce and alimony her only goal. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A pretty face, a shapely figure - she used them to get what she wanted! See more »


Crime | Drama | Music


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 June 1949 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


That's How Dreams Are Made
Words by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Alexander Laszlo
Sung by Martha Vickers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

mediocre, but slightly lurid, melodramatics
8 May 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Produced by the obscure Equity Pictures, this tale of woe features a decidedly third-string cast, and a disjointed, unfocused and under-motivated script -- possibly the result of avoiding the wrath of the Breen office, or possibly plain incompetence. Zeisler was one of the more interesting directors working on Poverty Row, and manages to keep the story moving, instilling it with his usual arid fatalism. However, he fails to emphasize some of the key plot developments, and a clever last-minute twist is pretty much wasted. Many of the background details are patently ridiculous; e.g., Beal's overenthusiastic songwriter thumps on the piano all night in his boarding house's salon without eliciting complaint from his fellow boarders, and his girlfriend is absurdly forgiving of his two-timing indiscretions. Martha Vickers, dolled up like a waxworks, makes one of the least alluring femmes fatales in history, Beal must have been a desperation choice for a leading man, and the original songs are incredibly verbose. Despite its shortcomings, B-movie aficionados will be intrigued by the surprisingly overt depiction of unscrupulous women luring unsuspecting husbands into compromising positions to extract alimony. There's some good support from Laurie Lind as the cynical golddigger friend of the lead character, and from Hollywood's favourite stereotype East European eccentric, Leonid Kinskey, as a song plugger.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Alimony (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: