A noblewoman begins to lead a dangerous double life in order to alleviate her boredom.A noblewoman begins to lead a dangerous double life in order to alleviate her boredom.A noblewoman begins to lead a dangerous double life in order to alleviate her boredom.
- Lady Henrietta Kingsclereas Lady Henrietta Kingsclere
- (as Enid Stamp Taylor)
It all starts with Lockwood coming to live with Roc who is about to be married to the propertied and nice, but rather dull Griffith Jones. Lockwood sees security there and when she sets her cap for Jones he and Roc don't have a prayer.
But after that this minx craves excitement that Jones who is not just a landed squire, but concerned with social issues and ahead of his time that way. Lockwood after losing a precious ruby at cards then impersonates notorious highwayman James Mason and steals it back. Mason catches her and he should have obeyed his first impulse to kill her. But Lockwood uses her charms on him and the dashing Dick Turpin like highwayman is also hooked.
This film really belongs to Lockwood. I've not seen too many people as amoral as Lockwood on the screen. Beautiful and deadly this woman is the equal of other amoral females such as Jane Greer in Out Of The Past and Anne Baxter in All About Eve. Four men who trusted her meet death at her hands.
James Mason also deserves a mention. He's got quite the swagger in him as highwayman Jerry Jackson. Sad in terms of acting is competing with Lockwood who gets the woman's role of a lifetime, but he more than holds his own.
If you like Gainsborough's English costume dramas you'll love The Wicked Woman.
- Jan 13, 2015