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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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Taglines:

HOW COULD THIS WOMAN WIN A MAN'S LOVE...HIS KISSES...HIS EMBRACES...? (original poster - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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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

This film received its initial television showing in Philadelphia Sunday 28 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Altoona PA 19 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Seattle 24 May 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 31 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by New Haven CT 15 July 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Cincinnati 28 July 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Phoenix 8 August 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Honolulu 29 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Syracuse 4 October 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), by New York City 11 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) , by Hartford CT 27 October 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Norfolk VA 25 November 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), and by Los Angeles 24 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Chicago it was first telecast 27 September 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 6 July 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). 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 »

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[first lines]
Police Matron: That's a fine trick. You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.
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A story more intriguing than 'Mildred Pierce'...an odd and fascinating film...
11 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Joan Crawford has one of her more complex roles and plays it brilliantly in 'A Woman's Face'. It ranks with her work in 'Mildred Pierce' and 'Possessed'. Matching her is Conrad Veidt, always the suave villain (who also specialized in playing Nazi types). Crawford excels as a scarred woman who undergoes plastic surgery to change her life. The situations become more melodramatic as the plot gets thicker and there are a few too many flashbacks--but overall, the effect is a stunning film that makes you think about how one's appearance shapes one's life--for better or worse.

Certain sequences have a stark, no holds barred manner of storytelling, grim and suspenseful--as when Anna Holm considers pushing a child to his death from a cable car. The wintry landscapes and glittering interiors are all handsomely photographed. Melvyn Douglas doesn't register too strongly at all. It's strictly Crawford's picture with some superb help from Conrad Veidt.

The pace is rather leisurely under George Cukor's direction but quickens midway to a smashing climax. By all means, see it. A strong melodrama with some unexpected twists.


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