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Valerie (1957)

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John Garth (Sterling Hayden) is tried for critically wounding his wife Valerie (Anita Ekberg) and murdering her parents (John Wengraf and Iphigenie Castiglioni.) His testimony is one of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
John Garth
Valerie Horvat
Anthony Steel ...
Rev. Blake
Peter Walker ...
Herb Garth
Mr. Horvat
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Mrs. Horvat
Jered Barclay ...
Mingo (as Jerry Barclay)
Robert Adler ...
Gage Clarke ...
Lawyer Griggs
Tom McKee ...
Dave Carlin
Sydney Smith ...
Judge Frisbee
Dr. Jackson
Juney Ellis ...
Nurse Linsey
Darryl Duran ...
Earl Davis


John Garth (Sterling Hayden) is tried for critically wounding his wife Valerie (Anita Ekberg) and murdering her parents (John Wengraf and Iphigenie Castiglioni.) His testimony is one of disappointment with Valerie, her unfaithfulness with Reverend Blake (Anthony Steele),and the continual nagging by her parents; a combination of events that drove him to violence. He makes no mention of having a bad childhood. Valerie, from her hospital bed, testifies of a nightmarish marriage, constant brutality and an unreasonable suspicion of Reverend Blake who befriended her in her misery. Written by Les Adams <>

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Music by Albert Glasser
Lyrics by Hal Richards
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femme fatale or victim of her husband?
28 November 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting western about a husband (Sterling Hayden) who shoots his wife (Anita Ekberg) and her parents. The story is told in flashback from both husband and wife, each story contradicting the other. It gives a chance for Anita to act, a chance she did not have in most of her films, where what counted was her physical presence. She is at her best when she uses her power of seduction with Hayden's brother. Hayden is very good as John Garth, a man who fought in the war for the Union, where his job was to get confessions from prisoners. Even Anthony Steel, who was married to Anita in real life and never was much of an actor is good here as the Rev. Blake who leaves us in doubt if he is having an affair with Anita or not.

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