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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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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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Trivia

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 »

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Characters refer to the Luger as a revolver when it is actually a semi-automatic pistol. See more »

Quotes

Luke Jordan: [to Inspector Fowler] I've told you we're going to keep talking about this until we stumble on something or other that will clear it up.
Mrs. Fowler: I've known for a long time that detective work was stumbling.
[to her husband]
Mrs. Fowler: How come you didn't catch on?
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Ending cast list is displayed on a page of sheet music. See more »

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Estrellita
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Written by Manuel M. Ponce
Sung by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Kaye Lorraine)
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A superb film noir by Nicholas Ray
1 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was Nicholas Ray's third film, but he was already a master of his craft, as he had shown clearly in his very first film the year before, THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1948). This film is based upon the novel MORTGAGE ON LIFE by Vicki Baum, and the screenplay by Herman Mankiewicz (brother of Joe, uncle of Tom, whom I knew slightly) sparkles with witty lines and lively dialogue. Herman died less than four years later at the age of only 55; he had written the original screenplay for CITIZEN KANE in 1941. This film has spectacular performances from Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, and Gloria Grahame. Both gals play singers. There was a singing double, Kaye Lorraine (uncredited), who dubbed Gloria Grahame's voice. But watching Grahame sing the hit song 'Paradise', whoever's voice it was, is such a great moment that it is worth seeing the film just for that. 'Paradise' originally came out in 1931 and was one of the best songs of the period, and has been recorded by many famous singers, but nobody ever 'delivered' it like Grahame. The story is a good mystery. Grahame is shot early in the film and Maureen O'Hara insists that she did it, but many people suspect that she is only pretending to be guilty, especially as she even refuses a lawyer. Don't worry, Grahame comes back in numerous flashbacks, so we see plenty of her while she is meanwhile lying unconscious in hospital on the verge of death. Ray certainly knew how to get the best performances out of Gloria Grahame, and it was the next year that their joint triumph appeared, aided by Humphrey Bogart of course, IN A LONELY PLACE (1950, see my review), one of the greatest noirs ever made and one of the finest films of its time. Also in that year, Ray added to his list of excellent films noir with BORN TO BE BAD (1950, see my review). These early films of Nicholas Ray are genuine classics, and A WOMAN'S SECRET is not to be missed.


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