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Black Widow (1954)

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A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

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Carlotta 'Lottie' Marin
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Peter Denver
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Iris Denver
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Detective Lt. C.A. Bruce
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Nancy 'Nanny' Ordway
Reginald Gardiner ...
Brian Mullen
Virginia Leith ...
Claire Amberly
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Gordon Ling
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Lucia Colletti
Skip Homeier ...
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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One of them will kill her tonight! and your guess is as good as ours! See more »


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4 March 1955 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

A Viúva Negra  »

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Trivia

Nunnally Johnson originally offered the role played by Ginger Rogers to Tallulah Bankhead, who called the writer-producer and--in a 25-minute phone conversation--gave him her reasons for rejecting the role. Rogers turned the part down as well, but had a change of heart after Johnson sent her a letter asking her to reconsider--on the proviso that she could take the relatively minor role and make it into a star-turn. See more »

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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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Well-acted, well-upholstered soap opera/murder mystery...
3 December 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Van Heflin gives a striking, forceful performance as a theatrical producer in New York City who befriends a lonely 20-year-old girl at a party; she's a would-be writer hoping for success, he takes a shine to her and offers a helping hand...but then she turns up dead! Curiously mistitled drama really doesn't involve "a predatory female". Peggy Ann Garner is intriguing as the youngster who, in flashbacks, is revealed to be scheming and ambitious, somewhat ruthless, but not a black widow. Gene Tierney has a thankless role as Heflin's wife (she looks grim throughout), but Ginger Rogers is fun as a colorful, gossiping actress. The film has some ridiculous passages, red herrings and side-plots (one involving another young woman who appears to be fabricating a wild story just to frame Heflin is never explored), and a slightly anti-climactic finish. The film looks good and has some funny/catty lines in the beginning, but in the end it all seems a bit silly. **1/2 from ****


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