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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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Mortgage on Life  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a flop at the box office, resulting in a loss of $760,000 ($7.7M in 2016) for RKO according to studio records. 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

Marian Washburn: [Susan faints] Luke! She fainted.
Susan Caldwell aka Estrellita: [Luke claps] Oh.
Luke Jordan: I won a bet! They don't say, "Where am I?"
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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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An Imperfect Why Done It?
20 August 2009 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to bother with the silly story behind this farce. There are several other reviews with that info. The film is full of great actors and Maureen O'Hara is stunningly beautiful. Although there's enough talent to keep you entertained up to the end, my main concern is what this film is not.

It is not a whodunit, although Jay C. Flippen as police inspector Jim Fowler at one point says it is. It is not Film Noir, although one flashback scene looks very noirish. Finally, it is certainly not an "All About Eve" as the film is actually all about nobody. In fact, it was impossible for me to figure out why most of the characters do what they do -- but, maybe you can.

Why does the police inspector sit and listen to Melvyn Douglas drone on for hours about what a great gal the Maureen O'Hara character is? Why does Maureen O'Hara insist that she is guilty? Why does Gloria Grahame have a German Luger in her purse? Why does the police inspector's wife suddenly turn into a detective? Why is Bill Williams even in the movie?

There are many more inexplicable questions that I felt were never answered, but I guess it's just A Woman's Secret.


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