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The Wicked Lady (1945)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 21 December 1946 (USA)
A noblewoman begins to lead a dangerous double life in order to alleviate her boredom.


Leslie Arliss


Magdalen King-Hall (novel), Leslie Arliss (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Barbara Skelton
James Mason ... Captain Jerry Jackson
Patricia Roc ... Caroline
Griffith Jones ... Sir Ralph Skelton
Michael Rennie ... Kit Locksby
Felix Aylmer ... Hogarth
Enid Stamp-Taylor ... Lady Henrietta Kingsclere (as Enid Stamp Taylor)
Francis Lister ... Lord Kingsclere
Beatrice Varley ... Aunt Moll
Amy Dalby Amy Dalby ... Aunt Doll
Martita Hunt ... Cousin Agatha
David Horne ... Martin Worth
Emrys Jones ... Ned Cotterill
Helen Goss ... Mistress Betsy
Muriel Aked ... Mrs. Munce


17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom. Her next exploit is to recover gambling losses by donning mask and cloak and taking to the roads as a highwayman! The thrill of these ventures proves addictive...especially when she meets a male highwayman who becomes her lover. Together, the two desperados lead a gay secret life, pursued by the local magistrate Sir Ralph Skelton...Barbara's husband! To what further crimes will the wicked Lady Skelton descend? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Mason meets his match in "The Wicked Lady". (Title lobby card). See more »


Adventure | Drama


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Did You Know?


Both Margaret Lockwood and Patricia Roc were brought back to "Gainsborough" to re-shoot some of their scenes with less revealing décolleté versions of their wardrobe. Despite this, "The Wicked Lady (1945)" was the very first British film to be cut by Hollywood censors due to leading lady Margaret Lockwood's still remaining revealing cleavage. See more »


The wedding scene shows two musicians playing clarinets. The clarinet wasn't invented until 1690. The movie takes place in the 1680s. See more »


Caroline: I hate cruelty.
Kit Locksby: That's unusual... in a woman.
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Alternate Versions

The first USA release version differed from the original UK version by substituting footage with higher necklines on some women's costumes. See more »


Love Steals Your Heart
Music by Hans May
Lyrics by Alan Stranks
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Delightful Romantic Adventure
23 April 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Seventeenth Century, in England, the naive and pure Caroline (Patricia Roc) invites her cousin and best friend Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) to come from London and stay with her a couple of days before her wedding with her beloved bridegroom, the wealthy magistrate Sir Ralph Skelton (Griffith Jones). The selfish, evil and wicked Barbara uses her beauty and seduces the weak Ralph, who falls in love for her. Caroline calls off the wedding and Barbara marries Ralph. When Barbara loses a jewel inherited from her mother gambling with Lady Henrietta Kingsolver (Enid Stamp-Taylor), she pretends to be the famous highway thief Captain Jerry Jackson (James Mason), recovers her jewels and begins a career of crime, looking for excitement stealing travelers in stagecoaches. When she meets the real Jerry Jackson on the road, she becomes her passionate lover and also a killer. Meanwhile Ralph realizes that he loves Caroline, but it seems to be too late for their life together.

"Wicked Lady" maybe naive, dated and moralist in the present standards of the society, but actually it is a delightful romantic adventure. Margaret Lockwood is an amazing villain, unable to adapt to the dull and boring life of a housewife in the country; James Mason is perfect as a witty and bon-vivant thief; and Patricia Roc is great as a sweet and innocent young woman, capable of sacrificing her love to please her beloved fiancé. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Mulher Diabólica" ("Evil Woman")

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Release Date:

21 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le masque aux yeux verts See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


Box Office


GBP900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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