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Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
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Release Date:
4 March 1955 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
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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 »
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Ginger Rogers and Peggy Ann Garner Star See more (36 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)
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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
Richard Strauss .... music courtesy of
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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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:
Second of two consecutive years (first was in Forever Female (1953))) in which Ginger Rogers played an aging Broadway diva.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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Soundtrack:
Dance of the Seven VeilsSee more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Ginger Rogers and Peggy Ann Garner Star, 1 December 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Very impressive cast in a better than OK murder mystery. With touches of All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard, this film moves along at a good clip with only a few draggy scenes.

Ginger Rogers plays a bitchy stage diva who is married to a mousy man (Reginald Gardiner) and lives in the same apartment building as her producer (Van Heflin) who is also married to an actress (Gene Tierney). While Tierney is away, Heflin attends one of Rogers' big parties and meets a quiet young woman (Peggy Ann Garner) who actually has no real interest in acting or theatre. She is a writer. He invites her out for a real meal and she insinuates herself into his life.

The party scene is pretty funny with Ginger ripping off several "Margo Channing" ripostes at the expense of Bea Benaderet. Heflin is infatuated with the serious young Garner whose only link to the stage is her uncle (Otto Kruger) who is an actor. She also befriends a young brother and sister from Boston (Virginia Leith & Skip Homeier) who are doing the Greenwicj Village beatnik thing.

Well there is an apparent suicide and that brings in a detective (George Raft) who hounds everyone. When the suicide is discovered to be a murder, things get really dicey for all involved.

For the most part the acting is solid. I never liked Heflin but he's OK in this film. Rogers plays the diva well and looks great. Tierney gets a few good scenes. Raft is solid as the detective. Gardiner is especially good, but Peggy Ann Garner, a top child star of the 40s is quite excellent as the moody and strange young writer. Oddly, she didn't make a film after this one for another 12 years. She reminds me here of Barbara Bel Geddes. Bea Benaderet as the party guest, Otto Kruger as the uncle, and Leith and Homeier as the beatniks are all good.

Also in this film are Cathleen Nesbitt oddly cast as a cleaning lady, Mabel Albertson is the bar owner, Hilda Simms plays the sympathetic waitress, and believe it or not, the gangly witness from the movie theater is Aaron Spelling, who would have a major career as a TV producer.

Worth a watch.

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