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No Man of Her Own (1950)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  5 June 1950 (UK)
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Helen Ferguson, pregnant, penniless and dumped by her boyfriend Steve Morley, takes the identity of the pregnant Patrice Harkness, when she and her husband are killed in a train crash. The ... See full summary »

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Helen Ferguson / Patrice Harkness
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Bill Harkness
Jane Cowl ...
Mrs. Harkness
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Patrice Harkness
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Stephen 'Steve' Morley
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Harkness
Richard Denning ...
Hugh Harkness
Carole Mathews ...
Irma - the blonde
Harry Antrim ...
Ty Winthrop
Catherine Craig ...
Rosalie Baker
Esther Dale ...
Josie
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Plainclothesman
Griff Barnett ...
Dr. Parker
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Helen Ferguson, pregnant, penniless and dumped by her boyfriend Steve Morley, takes the identity of the pregnant Patrice Harkness, when she and her husband are killed in a train crash. The rich Harkness in-laws, and their other son Bill, had never seen Patrice, so they accept her and her newborn son into their family. However Steve eventually finds her and starts to blackmail her. Written by Will Gilbert

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5 June 1950 (UK)  »

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I Married a Dead Man  »

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A portion of this film can be seen when Tony and Kate enter the apartment of Petty Office Horlacher in NCIS: An Eye for an Eye (2005) See more »

Goofs

When Bill gets stuck in the slush trying to turn his car around to follow Stephen Morley and Helen Ferguson whom he has passed on the road, the rear wheels spin without traction. The front tires can be seen to have chains installed. If they had been installed on the rear drive tires, he wouldn't have had a problem and the scene wouldn't have had as much tension. See more »

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Bill Harkness: [returns to car after dumping a dead body onto a moving train] He stayed on, caught on the catwalk or whatever it is, but his hat and... came off.
Helen Ferguson: Don't.
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Remade as Mrs. Winterbourne (1996) See more »

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No Man of Her Own (1950)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A case of mistake identity turns into a grand deception as a new mother tries to secure a better life for her child. The premise is similar to THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL (minus the concentration camp angle, of course). A bit predictable and a bit far-fetched, but Stanwyck's performance sells it completely, and Leisen shows a dedication to the material, bringing what might have been a rather hokey women's weepie to life. The drama is compelling from start to finish, with measured pacing and excellent camera-work. The situation keeps ratcheting up to a tense climax. Lyle Bettger is pretty great as the slimy antagonist, as is Jane Cowl as the benevolent grand dame of the household (John Lund once again comes off rather bland). If the ending seems a bit too convenient, at least it provides for a really satisfying callback.


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