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Sydney Boehm (writer)
John Mantley (novel)
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Release Date:
27 May 1959 (USA) See more »
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She should never have taken the stranger's love!
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Cast

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Susan Hayward ... Mary Sharron

Stephen Boyd ... Fred Carter

Barbara Nichols ... Mayme Radzevitch
Dennis Holmes ... Robbie Sharron

Theodore Bikel ... Dr. R. W. Gibbs
Ken Scott ... Sergeant Le Moyne
James Philbrook ... Henri
Florence MacMichael ... Mrs. Bedelia Gibbs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Alan Austin ... Fire Warden (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... Mrs. Campbell (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Arthur Franz ... Tom Sharron (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Officer Follette (uncredited)
Harry C. Johnson ... Juggler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Louis Manley ... Fire-Eater (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Freeman Morse ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Man at Carnival (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Ian Campbell (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Boehm  writer
John Mantley  novel

Produced by
Sydney Boehm .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor 
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... conductor
David Buttolph .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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103 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
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Dr. R. W. Gibbs:Maybe so. Maybe so, Fred. But Tomorrow is another day.See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Film Turns On Stephen Boyd, 30 January 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Woman Obsessed teams Susan Hayward and Stephen Boyd in a rugged northwestern about a widow and the farmhand she hires. Though set in Canada according to the Citadel Film Series book, The Films Of Susan Hayward the outdoor scenes were shot in Lone Pine, a location that director Henry Hathaway favored. He had shot The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine in that area over 20 years earlier.

When we first meet Hayward, she's a happy rural woman with husband Arthur Franz and son Dennis Holmes. But then Franz is killed and Susan's really up against it raising a child and trying to work a small farm. She hires a brooding Stephen Boyd as a hand.

Although not mentioned as per The Code, Hayward's got other needs that are subtly suggested and Boyd does have a superficial resemblance to Franz. But it's superficial only. Boyd is inarticulate and almost surly at times, especially around young Dennis Holmes.

This was the strength of Woman Obsessed. The plot could have gone in several directions, Boyd's very inarticulateness could have hidden great sadness, great humanity, or an incredible villainy. You really don't know until the end how it will turn out. Though Hayward is top billed, the film really does turn on Boyd's performance.

Also in the film is Theodore Bikel as the area's doctor, a very compassionate and humanitarian man and Barbara Nichols who just comes across too much as a wisecracking city dame. You don't find people like her in the rugged Northwest.

Woman Obsessed holds up well today. Canada still has rugged frontier area and people probably do still live the way Hayward and Boyd do.

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