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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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Storyline

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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24 November 1950 (Finland)  »

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I Married a Dead Man  »

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Trivia

In-joke: Character played by Barbara Stanwyck is named Helen Ferguson; Helen Ferguson is real name of one of best-known Hollywood publicists of the era, who also represented Stanwyck. 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 »

Quotes

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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The Great Stanwyck Always Comes Through
21 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Barbara Stanwyck. I have seen everything from her earliest pictures like "The Miracle Woman" to her swansong in the perfectly dreadful TV series "The Colbys". Ms. Stanwyck to me is probably the greatest of the "classic" era actresses. She is fine in this film, masterfully directed by Mitchell Leisen. This film has a compelling story, full of unexpected twists. It also has a fine supporting cast, with Jane Cowl a standout in a sympathetic part as a recently bereaved mother. The film is classic noir with some fine touches in the direction. There is a scene where a character is being wheeled into a hospital surgery filmed from the viewpoint of the person on the gurney. Another great touch comes when Ms. Stanwyck meets up with someone she'd rather not see at a party, and the music playing in the background takes on a wild, almost maniacal tone. I had never heard of this film before, and it's not out on DVD, but it is streaming in an excellent print on Netflix.


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