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A woman plots revenge on her former boss.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Haas ...
Walter Darman
Cleo Moore ...
Sherry Steward
Lance Fuller ...
Ronnie
Lucille Barkley ...
Mrs. Lucille Darman
Jack Macy ...
Charles Lester
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Papasha
Jan Arvan ...
Police Inspector Collins
Karolee Kelly ...
Marion
Steve Mitchell ...
1st Assistant Director
Mark Lowell ...
2nd Assistant Director
Melinda Markey ...
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Jan Englund
Arthur Marshall
Sue Casey
Sharon Dexter
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Bit player Sherry Stewart gets miffed when director Walter Darman turns her down after she reads for a small part in his picture. She and her boy friend, Ronnie, devise a plan to lure Darman to her apartment, where she gives him a drugged drink. She tells Darman they had been intimate and blackmails him for $50,000. More than a little distracted by his situation, his wife senses something is wrong and he gets into a violent argument with his father-in-law who owns the producing company Darman works for, and discontinues the picture. Sherry informs Darman she is going to tell his wife all about them. Darman tells his secretary that he is going to work late and is not to be disturbed, sets the moviola runnings, and exits by the back door and hot-foots it to Sherry's apartment. He tries to reason with her but to no avail, and strangles her in a fit of rage. The crime is first blamed on peddler Papasha, but Police Inspector Collins thinks otherwise. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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... Every Man She Touched - She Destroyed!

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Cleo Moore's Baddest Bad Girl
7 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

B queen Cleo Moore is known affectionately as the "Queen of the B Movie Bad Girls" among latter-day movie buffs for her string of 1950's melodramas but actually in most of her films she's a fairly good girl who makes bad choices. That's not the case in THE OTHER WOMAN where she plays a malevolent blonde so vicious she comes close to making Ann Savage's legendary Vera in DETOUR look angelic.

Cleo stars as Sherry Stewart, a bitter film extra who is suddenly given a chance at a bit part with lines by film director Hugo Haas. Hopelessly incompetent at saying her three lines, she is gently replaced by another woman. Irrational and furious at Haas, she sets up an elaborate scheme to blackmail Hugo if not destroy him.

Although she looks sensational in one segment in a black gown and wrapped in white fur, Cleo's character is presented as cheap and a bit unbalanced and she receives some of the least flattering cinematography of her career, apparently to emphasize the character's hardness and lack of class. There are some good scenes (Sherry's disastrous attempt attempt at acting, her inner humiliation as the extras and crew smirk) but it seems a bit ironic for the less-than-spectacular director Haas to play a director with ambitions of art. This is one of Haas' better acting performances however as the luckless soul who doesn't know what has hit him, a staple film noir situation. Cleo is very good in a rather sketchy role as a vengeful blonde out of control. THE OTHER WOMAN is not likely to land on anyone's list of favorite movies but it is a fairly intriguing and unusual film noir set in Hollywood.


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