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A Woman's Secret (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 7 February 1949 (USA)
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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7 February 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 »

Goofs

In the flashback scene of the shooting , Gloria Grahame says "Maureen" instead of Marian , Maureen O'Hara's character's name . 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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Opening and closing credits are 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 Poor Mans 'All About Eve'
16 June 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Maureen O'Hara loses her voice to one of those strange diseases that abound in movies, and drives a young woman (Gloria Grahame) as an understudy. That is where the fun begins. The story is told in flashback, and is reminiscent of All About Eve, although as if told in reverse. Melvyn Douglas is a forerunner of Addison de Witt and the viewer can see resemblances in the other characters. This is probably one of Gloria Grahames' best performances, with Melvyn Douglas giving a polished display and Jay C Flippen as the Police Inspector a delight. The end is a trifle weak, and slightly confusing, but this sleeper is a great little time filler. Don't expect it ever to appear in any list of greatest movies of all time however.


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