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During the ceremony marrying Ellen and David, a stranger stands up when that phrase "if anyone knows why these two may not be joined..." is spoken. The stranger announces that Ellen is ... See full summary »

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Ellen R. Ewing
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David McLean
Jane Cowl ...
Aunt Clara Ewing
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Dr. Twining
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Lucian Randall
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During the ceremony marrying Ellen and David, a stranger stands up when that phrase "if anyone knows why these two may not be joined..." is spoken. The stranger announces that Ellen is already married. Ellen however insists she is not, and the strain of proving she is telling the truth pushes her mind towards a breakdown and results in the death of the man she has supposedly already married (among others.) Ellen is charged with this death. But David believes in her innocence and sets out to uncover the conspiracy and the reason behind it. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Could she kill and kiss and not remember? See more »


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21 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Die schwarze Lawine  »

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Vivian Vance's film debut. See more »

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When David McLean (Robert Ryan) looks at the reflection of the name of the boat "MONSOON" it appears upside down, of course, but also backwards: it should have looked like "WONSOON", not "NOOSNOW" which is what Ellen (Claudette Colbert) believed it was. See more »

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Referenced in Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) See more »

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The Jazz Me Blues
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A Rather Well-Kept "Secret"
27 June 2001 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Colbert and Ryan give convincing performances in a rare and entertaining, if preposterous melodrama. "The Secret Fury" is often listed as a lesser 'film noir', and that pretty well suits it. Colbert's character is in a very 'noir' situation. But what situates the film firmly in the canon is a well-done night-time episode near the end. This suspensful and dark sequence begins with the Vivian Vance character and her unwelcome guest. Noir enthusiasts will know when they see this they are in their element.

Also of interest is the psychological explanation of the film's title: evidently many people harbor a kind of private rage, that can break out under the right circumstances.

The film is recommendable for the leads, the always wonderful Vivian Vance in a rare film role, and that memorable 'noir' episode.


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