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Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing. Marian and Luke found Susan when she was a ... See full summary »

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Marian Washburn
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Luke Jordan
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Susan Caldwell
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Lee Crenshaw
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Brook Matthews
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Mrs. Fowler
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Robert Warwick ...
Assistant District Attorney Roberts
Curt Conway ...
Doctor
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Matthews
Virginia Farmer ...
Mollie
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Emory Parnell ...
Desk Sergeant
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Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing. Marian and Luke found Susan when she was a failure. A singer with a limited range, she was a diamond in the rough which Marian and Luke taught how to walk, dress and talk. With the singing lessons, Marian had hoped that she would have the career that Marian would have had if she had not lost her voice. Even though Susan is a scatterbrain girl, Luke does not believe that Marian would have been capable of shooting her. Luke hopes that Detective Fowler will be able to find out the truth and free Marian. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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5 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Mortgage on Life  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Nicholas Ray and Gloria Grahame met while shooting this film. They were married in Las Vegas shortly after completing the film. They chose Las Vegas because Ray loved to gamble and to allow Grahame to get a quickie divorce (after the required six weeks of residency in Nevada) from actor Stanley Clements. The day the divorced was granted, the two married. See more »

Quotes

Luke Jordan: You know one of these days you're going to be singing that song on Broadway and I'm just going to be walking up and down the theater.
Marian Washburn: Picketing?
Luke Jordan: No, I just won't have enough dough to buy a ticket
Marian Washburn: Oh, That be easy to fix, I just have you wait sit in my dressing room. Then maybe I'll have you get rid of the people that'll be waiting for my autograph
Luke Jordan: Make way of Ms. Washburn
Marian Washburn: Then I let you pinch so I can wake up.
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Soundtracks

Estrellita
(uncredited)
Written by Manuel M. Ponce
Sung by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Kaye Lorraine)
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Cosy noirish mystery
14 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An engaging little noir-style mystery, although it has to be said that this is very gentle even by the standards of the era and it's more of a cosy drama than anything else. The movie begins with an unexpected murder, and the rest of the tale is a mix of flashbacks leading up to the event interspersed with police procedural investigation into the crime.

In essence this is a chance to explore a love triangle between three famous actors of the day. The ubiquitous Maureen O'Hara bags the most dramatic role of the suspected murderess and headlines it as you'd expect, but Melvyn Douglas holds it all together as the man caught between two feisty women. Gloria Grahame is an intriguing actress who gives a rather sultry turn as the star singer and it's increasingly apparent as the story progresses that the director is in love with her.

Otherwise, despite the lack of action and incident, A WOMAN'S SECRET works rather well. Nicholas Ray handles the directorial duties with relish, and the characters are both interesting and larger than life. It's hardly the kind of movie to set the world on fire, but one which film fans should appreciate.


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