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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:
a worth while watch See more (38 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)
Paul Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Police Sgt. Welch (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Frances Curry ... Maid (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Police Sgt. Owens (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Policeman (uncredited)
Virginia Maples ... Model (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Man in Hallway (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Photographer (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
James Arkatov .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Israel Baker .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Frank Beach .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
John Clyman .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
David Crocov .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Joseph Eger .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Bert Gassman .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Benny Gill .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Armand Kaproff .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Sinclair Lott .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Harper MacKay .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Abe Most .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Vito Mumolo .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Harry Schmidt .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Eudice Shapiro .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Robert Sushel .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Thomas .... musician: viola (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: 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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Soundtrack:
I Know Why (and So Do You)See more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
a worth while watch, 18 March 2008
Author: ryancm from United States

Now on DVD, 1954's BLACK WIDOW is a handsome, intriguing and enjoyable whodunit. Filmed in the glory days of CinemaScope and stereo sound, this is what Fox did at its best. Their scope films from THE ROBE on should all be released on DVD. BLACK WIDOW stars Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin and Gene Tierney. Peggy Ann Garner is the "new" girl in town with aspirations to become a writer. As luck would have it her Uncle happens to be an actor in a show produced by the Van Heflin character and then things start to get sticky. A small drawback is the use of so many interiors with fake backgrounds and some static blocking of scenes, something like a stage play. Other than that the picture rocks with twists and turns with some good acting by some old pros. Ginger Rogers (probably not unlike her real self) is wonderful as an aging diva. Van Heflin is properly perplexed in an undemanding role. Gene Tierney still looks good, but doesn't have much to do. Peggy Ann does very well as the center of attention. Virginia Leith, a Fox contract player, is awesome in her few scenes. She should have made more films. A nice bit is turned in by an unbilled Mabel Albertson, and a very nice performance by a Hildy Simms helps the plot along. People writing about this should NOT do any spoiler alerts as I was surprised as to who did Peggy Ann Garner in. A wonderful transfer and two short but interesting specials on Gene and Ginger. A very insightful commentary makes this a disc to have. Now Fox has to release some other titles of the same era such as NO DOWN PAYMENT; WOMEN'S WORLD; IN LOVE AND WAR; and UNTAMED.

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