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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
Hugh Wheeler (novel) ...
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Release Date:
4 March 1955 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An electrifying drama about a predatory female! See more »
Plot:
A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
entertaining story, magnificent visual effects See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Ginger Rogers ... Carlotta 'Lottie' Marin

Van Heflin ... Peter Denver

Gene Tierney ... Iris Denver

George Raft ... Detective Lt. C.A. Bruce
Peggy Ann Garner ... Nancy 'Nanny' Ordway
Reginald Gardiner ... Brian Mullen
Virginia Leith ... Claire Amberly

Otto Kruger ... 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
Mabel Albertson ... Sylvia (uncredited)

Bea Benaderet ... Mrs. Franklin Walsh (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Police A.P.B. Man (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Police Sgt. Welch (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Police Sgt. Owens (uncredited)
Frances Driver ... Maid (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Virginia Maples ... Model (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Man in Hallway (uncredited)

Aaron Spelling ... Mr. Oliver (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Vallon ... Coal Dealer (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Gwen Mills (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Zachary Paige (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Costume Designer (uncredited)

Directed by
Nunnally Johnson 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)

Hugh Wheeler (novel 'Fatal Woman') (as Patrick Quentin)

Hugh Wheeler  (story) (as Patrick Quentin)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke 
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Dorcy Howard 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Travilla 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
A.F. Erickson .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A.F. Erickson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound recordist
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound recordist (as Roger Heman)
Ralph Hickey .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kenneth Honnold .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:12 | USA:Approved (PCA #17093, Adult Audience) | West Germany:16

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Early in the movie, at Lottie's party the waiter first pauses with a full tray of assorted drinks--then passes uninterrupted through the crowd to offer the single remaining drink to Peter Denver.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Peter Denver:I hope you find your mother better, honey.
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Movie Connections:
References "Dragnet" (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Know Why (and So Do You)See more »

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
entertaining story, magnificent visual effects, 17 March 2001
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

"Black Widow" is a well-written, though old-style, entertaining mystery. The story is taken from a novel by Patrick Quentin, a sound mystery-writer.

However the essence of the movie lies in the magnificent cinemascope photography, colors and visual effects. Note that most scenes have in the background large windows or terraces wide-open on the spectacular, terrific New York sceneries. Even the furniture of the various apartments is carefully chosen and placed, with beautiful artistic effects. Outstanding is the brief scene inside the dark bar, with the costumers merged into a liquid light: an evident reminiscence of Edward Hopper's paintings.

Alas! All these visual beauties are seriously damaged, if not destroyed, by the TV version, which essentially shows just half of the screen.

The performances by all interpreters are generally good and professional. A major (personal) disappointment is that Gene Tierney does nothing. She's not even in the list of suspects, since she was thousands of miles away from New York during the whole murder affair. She just sits silently on the background, adding her incomparable beauty and natural refinement to the magnificent New York views. It should be added that George Raft seems completely out-of-role... but I'm too fond of this guy to be able to criticize him.

"Black Widow" is a good film; hopefully someone will be able to see it on the wide screen.

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