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Jean Holloway (screenplay)
Alexandre Bisson (play)
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Release Date:
3 March 1966 (USA) See more »
A woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lana Turner ... Holly Parker

John Forsythe ... Clay Anderson

Ricardo Montalban ... Phil Benton

Burgess Meredith ... Dan Sullivan
John Van Dreelen ... Christian Torben
Virginia Grey ... Mimsy

Warren Stevens ... Michael Spalding
Carl Benton Reid ... The Judge
Teddy Quinn ... Clay Anderson Jr. as a Boy
Frank Maxwell ... Dr. Evans
Kaaren Verne ... Nurse Riborg (as Karen Verne)
Joe De Santis ... Carter (as Joe DeSantis)
Frank Marth ... Det. Combs

Bing Russell ... Police Sgt. Riley
Teno Pollick ... Manuel Lopez
Jeff Burton ... Bromley
Jill Jackson ... Police Matron

Constance Bennett ... Estelle

Keir Dullea ... Clay Anderson Jr.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Mathilda Calnan ... The French Beautician (uncredited)
George Dega ... Man (uncredited)

Neil Hamilton ... Scott Lewis (uncredited)
Byrd Holland ... Cronyn (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Patrone (uncredited)
Brad Logan ... Merchant Marine Sailor (uncredited)
Duncan McCleod ... Official (uncredited)
Mark Miranda ... Mexican Boy (uncredited)
Ruben Moreno ... Man (uncredited)
Kris Tel ... Danish Woman (uncredited)
Richard Tretter ... Merchant Marine Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lowell Rich 
Writing credits
Jean Holloway (screenplay)

Alexandre Bisson (play)

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
George C. Webb  (as George Webb)
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
John McCarthy Jr. (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns designed by)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist: Ms. Turner (uncredited)
Mary Hadley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Reed .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Young .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Morrison .... unit production manager
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Green .... assistant director
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Chrisman .... props (uncredited)
Anthony Lombardo .... props (uncredited)
Gerald MacDonald .... set coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clarence Self .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Chic Borland .... sound (uncredited)
Donald Cunliffe .... sound (uncredited)
Victor Goode .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Walter Hammond .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Cowie .... grip (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Max Nippell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen McCandless .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Bracken .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... dialogue coach (as Betty Abbott)
Ben Kahn .... furs
David Webb .... jewels
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Final film of Carl Benton Reid.See more »
Factual errors: During Holly's murder trial, an expert witness testifies that she is addicted to absinthe, a type of liquor that has been outlawed throughout the entire world because it causes insanity. In reality, absinthe was sold in a number of European countries at that time (mid-sixties) and in years since has become legally available in even more countries.See more »
Clayton 'Clay' Anderson:[to his mother while decorating Christmas tree] Mother, there aren't enough icicles on your side.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) (TV)See more »
Swedish RhapsodySee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
old melodrama gets gloss treatment at the hands of Ross Hunter, 25 March 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The old chestnut "Madame X" has had something like 9 screen versions, not to mention a play and the book. There's an occasional change here and there but the plot remains basically the same: A young woman is thrown out of her home and separated from her child. She hits the skids, and 20 years later, the child defends her on a murder charge.

So goes this version of "Madame X" as well, with a nice roster of stars: Lana Turner, Keir Dullea, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban, Constance Bennett, and Burgess Meredith. Turner is the unfortunate woman, happily married to Clayton Anderson (John Forsythe) a man with a good political future, and she's the mother of a young son. But the marriage becomes strained when Clayton is away too much, and Holly starts fooling around. When her husband comes home and she realizes how much she loves him, she tries to break it off with a roué (Ricardo Montalban). During an argument, he falls down the stairs to his death. Holly's mother-in-law, played by Constance Bennett, arranges for her to disappear with a new identity. In Europe, Holly meets a wealthy musician who falls in love with her, but she runs out on him - a big mistake - and ends up turning to alcohol and easy sex. When she murders a blackmailer (Meredith) who is going to tell her son who she is, she ends up on trial - defended by her son.

Well, the pot doesn't boil any better than this, and Hunter gives it a big, expensive production and sets Lana Turner loose in what is probably her best performance. Although the age/dissipation makeup is a little over the top, Turner gives the degenerate Holly a great, hard edge and a lot of frailty. It's a nice juxtaposition to the earlier sweetness and buoyancy of her character. Turner was one of those movie stars whose beauty, glamor, and private life often had critics not paying much attention to her performances, but she gave some good ones nonetheless. The other standout in the cast is Bennett, who's as slender as she was in the '30s and a lot tougher. Her voice has dropped a couple of octaves and her hair is a strange brown (this was perhaps in deference to the blond Lana). Toward the end of the film, she gets white hair softly styled and looks beautiful - even with the age makeup that needed to be added to the 60-year-old. The role of Forsythe's manipulative, protective mother is perfect for her -- a fitting last film for one of the great and prolific stars of the 1930s. She died before the film was released. Keir Dullea is appealing as the son, and Forsythe is pleasant though he doesn't have a huge role.

Try as they might, Madame X is from another time and by 1966 just wasn't great movie material. It is however, entertaining and engrossing. The most jaded person can't help but to be moved by the ending, though you may hate yourself for it.

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