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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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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

Luke Jordan: Where do you come from?
Susan Caldwell aka Estrellita: Azusa. Azusa, California.
Luke Jordan: Azusa?
Susan Caldwell aka Estrellita: It's kind of a made-up word. Different letters. They put them together - that's how they got the name. Everything from A to Z, USA. A-ZU-SA.
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Opening and closing credits are displayed on a page of sheet music. See more »

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Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
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Sung by Maureen O'Hara
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My brief review of the film
21 May 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Notable for being Nicholas Ray's second film and Herman J. Mankiewicz's second last screenplay, this piece of film noir has more to it than just that. The script is just brilliant, with lines full of wit and highly colourful characters. In particular, Gloria Grahame and Mary Philips have excellent characters, which they both embody very well. There are also some interesting bits of camera-work in the darker scenes, and the film brings the intriguing elements of the mystery genre to light very well. Not too much happens in terms of the film's plot, the film does not end on a very solid note and there are other minor quibbles that one could have. But really, this is a very well made picture, and it is certainly superbly written.


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