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Born to Be Bad (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir  |  27 August 1950 (USA)
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Christabel fools everyone with her sweet exterior including her cousin Donna and Donna's wealthy fiancée Curtis. The only one who sees through her facade is Nick, a rugged writer who loves ... See full summary »

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Nick Bradley
Zachary Scott ...
Curtis Carey
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Donna Foster
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Gabriel 'Gobby' Broome
Harold Vermilyea ...
John Caine
Virginia Farmer ...
Aunt Clara Caine
Kathleen Howard ...
Mrs. Bolton
Dick Ryan ...
Arthur - Curtis's Butler
Bess Flowers ...
Mrs. Worthington
Joy Hallward ...
Mrs. Porter
Hazel Boyne ...
Committee Woman
Irving Bacon ...
Jewelry Salesman
Gordon Oliver ...
Harrison - the Lawyer (scenes deleted)
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Jack Chefe ...
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Christabel fools everyone with her sweet exterior including her cousin Donna and Donna's wealthy fiancée Curtis. The only one who sees through her facade is Nick, a rugged writer who loves her anyway. Christabel also loves Nick, but she loves Curtis' money more. After convincing Curtis that Donna is only interested in him for his money, she tricks Curtis into marrying her. Of course, she still dallies with Nick on the side. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Cadillac is a 1948 Series 62 convertible coupe. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel 'Gobby' Broome: What a swell farewell party. We said goodbye to everything, including the lining in my stomach.
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Chic Fontaine Excels
18 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nicholas Ray beautifully directs this well-cast drama of a scheming woman (Fontaine) hiding behind an innocent exterior. Fashionable Fontaine is savvy, well-versed, lovely and fascinating in the lead role, one of her best, in lust with the rugged Robert Ryan, but tempted by the millions of Howard Hughes-esquire Zachary Scott. Scott's engaged to Joan Leslie, while Mel Ferrer is amusing ("I have to convince husbands that I'm harmless to their wives") as a painter. Notice that when Fontaine begins to lie, she turns away from her "victim" while she states her untruths, nicely done. The jewelry shop scene is hilarious; musical score is also very effective. Great script: a woman party-goer says to Ferrer, "Do you think my husband would like to see a portrait of me hanging over the fireplace?" Ferrer: "I think your husband would like to see you hanging any place."


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