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Black Widow (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 4 March 1955 (Belgium)
A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

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(screen play), (novel) (as Patrick Quentin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Detective Lt. C.A. Bruce
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Nancy 'Nanny' Ordway
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Brian Mullen
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Claire Amberly
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Gordon Ling
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Lucia Colletti
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John Amberly
Hilda Simms ...
Anne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony De Mario ...
Tony - Bartender (as Tony De Mario)
James Stone ...
Fritz - Stage Door Attendant
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Storyline

A married Broadway producer is taken with an innocent young woman who wants to be a writer and make it on Broadway. He decides to take her under his wing, but it's not long before the young lady is found dead in his apartment. At first thought to be a suicide, it is later discovered that she has been murdered, and suspicion immediately falls on the producer. He begins his own investigation in order to clear his name, and one of the first things he finds out is that the young woman wasn't quite as naive and innocent as she appeared to be. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The First Crime-Of-Passion Story in CinemaScope See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

4 March 1955 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

A Viúva Negra  »

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Budget:

$1,095,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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(DeLuxe)|

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Peter mentions he went to see "The Girl in the Window" at a third-run theater when asked where he was by Det. Bruce. Nunnally Johnson did write and produce the film The Woman in the Window (1944). Unknown if the title was mistakenly or intentionally misspoken by Heflin. See more »

Goofs

The tray emptying out in four seconds was an obvious joke. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Denver: I hope you find your mother better, honey.
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Connections

References Dragnet (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the party when Peter asks Nancy to dinner
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Please ban pan and scan!
8 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film, viewed in its pan and scan version, is a classic example of how not showing widescreen, or in this case cinemascope, movies in the letterbox format completely distorts and seriously damages the film. There are several scenes in which characters enter a room and speak but we don't see them, or even worse when we see one character talking endlessly to thin air. Scenes in which four characters are supposed to be seen simultaneously and in which their reactions are as important as their dialogue are reduced to one or two visible characters. Please screen these movies as the film-makers intended.

Having said that this is hardly a great movie. It is a dully made and predictable whodunnit with a fabulous performance by Ginger Rogers as a bitchy Broadway star. That is she is fabulous until the last couple of scenes when she seems to forget her characterisation altogether and opts for cheap melodramatics. Sadly Raft is quite terrible and Tierney has nothing to do. But Heflin is good and Peggy Ann Garner is effective in one of her few adult roles. Pleasant enough time-filler.


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