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Wicked as They Come (1956)

A poor but beautiful woman sets her sights on rising to the top, and lets nothing stand in her way - including murder.

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Kathleen 'Kathy' Allen, nee Allenborg
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Tim O'Bannion (as Phil Carey)
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Stephen Collins
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Larry Buckham
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John Dowling
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Frank Allenborg
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Sam Lewis
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Virginia Collins
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Mike Lewis
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Willie
Gil Winfield ...
Chuck (as Gilbert Winfield)
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Connor
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Inspector Caron (as Jacques Brunius)
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Guest pushing past chair
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On a trip to Europe, her prize in a "fixed" beauty contest, Kathy Allne (Arlene Dahl)meet advertising man Tim O'Bannion (Philip Carey), who is attracted by her beauty but repelled by her ruthlessness towards men. In London, she ruins the career of photographer Larry Buckham (Michael Goodliffe)and compromises Tim's boss, Stephen Collins (Herbert Marshall). About to steal Colloins from his wife, Kathy learns that the wife's father, the elderly John Dowling (Ralph Truman)actually owns the world-wide advertising agency, so she marries him and,later, accidentally kills him, mistaking him for a prowler. But she is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die. Will this innocent gold-digger actually be executed? Written by Les Aams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FOR EVERY MAN WHO BETRAYED HER..A HUNDRED MEN HAD TO PAY! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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February 1957 (USA)  »

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Keiner ging an ihr vorbei  »

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In March 1957, Arlene Dahl sued Columbia in New York Supreme Court, charging that some images used to promote "Wicked as They Come" were composites of her face and another woman's body and that the resulting pictures were "obscene, degrading and offensive." In August 1957, the case was dismissed by New York Supreme Court Justice Henry Clay Greenberg. See more »

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Larry Buckham: Do I only have to be five minutes late to find you've picked up some stranger in a bar? Is that the kind of girl you are?
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26 September 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Arlene Dahl was a beautiful woman. She doubtless still is. She had a cold look, which works for this movie. She plays a gold-digger with little heart. The character seems to be icy physically, too: She likes what men can get her but romance and sex do not appear to be among her interests.

Herbert Marshall, for decades a leading man, ends up in this too. He plays one of the men she uses.

There are similarities between this and "Baby Face" with Barbara Stanwyck. That movie packs a real wallop, though. This one is chic but tepid.


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