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Madame X (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 3 March 1966 (USA)
When her lover is killed, the wife of a wealthy man is convinced to fake her own death, which leads her into greater depths of depravity until fate reunites her with her long-lost son, who is unaware of her real identity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clay Anderson
Phil Benton
Dan Sullivan
Christian Torben
Michael Spalding
Carl Benton Reid ...
The Judge
Teddy Quinn ...
Clay Anderson Jr. as a Boy
Frank Maxwell ...
Dr. Evans
Nurse Riborg (as Karen Verne)
Joe De Santis ...
Carter (as Joe DeSantis)
Frank Marth ...
Det. Combs
Police Sgt. Riley
Teno Pollick ...
Manuel Lopez


A woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her, and is forced by her mother-in-law to assume a new identity to save the reputation of her husband and infant son. She wanders the world, trying to forget her heartbreak with the aid of alcohol and unsavory men, eventually returning to the city of her downfall, where she murders a blackmailer who threatens to expose her past. Amazingly, she is represented at her murder trial by her now adult son, who is a public defender. Hoping to continue to protect her son, she refuses to give her real name and is known to the court as the defendant, "Madame X." Written by Richard Blinkal <phelam@netcom.com>

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3 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Haha no tabiji  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Constance Bennett. She died before it was released. See more »


Although the movie covers a 25-30 year span ending in the mid-Sixties, all of the women are dressed and coiffed in the height of mid-sixties fashions in scenes set in the late thirties/early forties. See more »


Clayton 'Clay' Anderson: [to his mother while decorating Christmas tree] Mother, there aren't enough icicles on your side.
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Referenced in Primetime Glick: Bill Maher/Steve Martin (2001) See more »


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Madam X - a Lana Turner masterpiece
12 November 2006 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

That Lana Turner played her beauty down so much in this movie, that she acted like a dream - this is the real Lana Turner. She was marvelous. This movie is a heart breaker. That darling son that defends her, not knowing she was his mother, and yet, had an instinct? This is Hollywood and Lana Turner at their finest. If you want true soap opera and none of the tripe, go for this. John Forsythe, Constance Bennett? Even they are tearing up at Lana's performance. Marvelous is all I can say. Marvelous!!!! I loved Lana Turner when she was younger, but her later movies such as this and Peyton Place? She was and will always be fantastic.

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