Story of a female jewel thief.



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Cast overview:
Ann Martin
Bill Phillips
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mme. Rousseau
Ed Praskins
Mark Foster (as Aldo DaRe)
George Trent
Ivan Triesault ...
Alexis Delios
Buzz Edwards
Fred F. Sears ...
E. H. Carlyle
Mary Newton ...
Miss Harrison
Ann Tyrrell ...


Ann Martin (Helen Walker') is a jewel thief recently released from prison, and is forced by a gang to take a job as a companion to an elderly recluse, Madame Rousseau (Elisabeth Risdon'), who has shut herself off from the world. The old woman owns an oil-of-myrrh which she doles out on an as-needed basis to the makers of "Temptation" perfume who have offered her fabulous sums of money to buy out her entire stock of myrrh. The gang, led by George Trent (Wilton Graff) and Ed Praskins (Emory Parnell) , who hides his villainy behind a deceptive air of friendliness, orders Ann to find the myrrh stock, and when she does not succeed, she is in danger. Written by Les Adams <>

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THIS IS IT! MY TRUE DTORY was filmed in cooperation with the editors of "True Story MAgazine"


Crime | Drama | Romance






Release Date:

8 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vida Tenebrosa  »

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Right Up There With The Best Film Noir
15 April 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully ironic little movie. A female prisoner is paroled to work in what seems to everyone like a wholesome candy store. This is just a front, though the proprietor stays in the picture. It is arranged for her to stay in this small town to find the ingredients of an expensive perfume. To do this, she must cozy up to the widow of the man who patented it.

Mickey Rooney did an excellent job directing it. There are a few gaps in the plot but overall it is a good screenplay. And I think the title is, though possibly misleading at its release, a stroke of genius. What a great idea to give a nasty little story like this a name redolent of soap opera! Helen Walker does a superb job in the lead. She was an excellent actress -- the highlight of "Nightmare Alley." (She was for me, anyway.) Elizabeth Risdon is very good as the Legent, gentle lady she is out to bilk.

Nothing here is what it seems: "My True Story" refers not to a heart-tugging romance but to cold-hearted scheme. Candy -- fudge, no less -- hides evil. This one is a must!

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