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A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 9 May 1941 (USA)
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Francis de Croisset (play) (as Francis De Croisset), Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Anna Holm
Melvyn Douglas ... Dr. Gustaf Segert
Conrad Veidt ... Torsten Barring
Osa Massen ... Vera Segert
Reginald Owen ... Bernard Dalvik
Albert Bassermann ... Consul Magnus Barring
Marjorie Main ... Emma Kristiansdotter
Donald Meek ... Herman Rundvik
Connie Gilchrist ... Christina Dalvik
Richard Nichols ... Lars-Erik
Charles Quigley ... Eric
Gwili Andre ... Gusta
Clifford Brooke Clifford Brooke ... Wickman
George Zucco ... Defense Attorney
Henry Kolker ... Judge
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Storyline

Anna Holm is a blackmailer, who because of a facial scar, despises everyone she encounters. When a plastic surgeon performs an operation to correct this disfigurement, Anna becomes torn between the hope of starting a new life, and a return to her dark past. Written by Kelly

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erpressung See more »

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Budget:

$1,343,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Cukor wanted Anna's recital of her life story to be done in a tired, mechanical fashion, so he had Crawford repeat the multiplication tables over and over until he got the monotonous tone he was looking for. Then, he rolled the cameras. See more »

Goofs

When Anna first discusses the potential murder of the child, she alternately has her arms crossed in front of her chest, and outstretched holding a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Police Matron: That's a fine trick. You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.
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Deluxe melodrama with enough plot for three pictures...
24 March 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Joan Crawford, in a rare case of very sly, very competent underplaying, is cast as a facially scarred woman who falls in league (and perhaps in lust) with a blackmailing schemer with murder on his mind. The blackmail part of the deal is foiled when accomplice Crawford is befriended by Melvyn Douglas, the victim's husband (and plastic surgeon!); after restoring her beauty, Douglas must then stop Joan from carrying out the murder plot, targeting a child no less! Remake of an early Ingrid Bergman movie (1938's "En Kvinnas ansikte"), which in turn was based upon a French play, the film is over-plotted and over-flowing with hectic minutiae and chatty supporting characters. Also complicating matters is a story-frame set in the Royal Swedish Court: seems Joan is indeed on trial for murder, but whom did she kill? Despite a slow beginning, this turns out to be a rather shrewdly devised, sharply written melodrama, with some delicious turns of the screw. Crawford and Douglas work smoothly together (they were reteamed for a comedy the following year, "They All Kissed the Bride"), and the cinematography and art direction are marvelous. George Cukor directed, without a sense of humor, and the script might've stood some paring down. Otherwise, shamefully entertaining. **1/2 from ****


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