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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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The most fascinating revelation of a woman's secrets ever filmed. This underworld character is one of the most startling portrayals in years! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of eight feature films for child actor Richard Nichols. His last film was in 1944. 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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An excellent movie!
28 March 2006 | by Box134See all my reviews

An exciting cast, an excellent story, excellent acting. Joan Crawford is perfect as a malevolent blackmailer who has a change of heart after her facial disfigurement is repaired.

The story progresses in an interesting way, with the plot unfolding during a murder trial. Each witness builds the story line, and the script has many unexpected plot twists, making this film anything but predictable.

This film is a good example of how skillful film makers create special effects without high-tech gadgetry. It's wonderful that we have films like this to show us what real movie-making is like.


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