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The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 25 October 1946 (USA)
In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors:

Edgar G. Ulmer (as Edgar Ulmer), Douglas Sirk (uncredited)

Writers:

Herb Meadow (screenplay), Ben Ames Williams (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hedy Lamarr ... Jenny Hager
George Sanders ... John Evered
Louis Hayward ... Ephraim Poster
Gene Lockhart ... Isaiah Poster
Hillary Brooke ... Meg Saladine
Rhys Williams ... Deacon Adams
June Storey ... Lena Tempest
Moroni Olsen ... Rev. Thatcher
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Hollis
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Partridge
Alan Napier ... Judge Henry Saladine
Dennis Hoey ... Tim Hager
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Storyline

Beautiful Jenny Hager finds she can always get what she wants from the men in the 1820's port of Bangor, Maine. Freed by his death from her drunkard father she soon manoeuvres herself into a position to marry a middle-aged monied local businessman. Though she often uses his money to do good, she continues to consider all other men fair game. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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There Was Evil in Her Kisses! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den onda ängeln See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Is in the Public Domain, like most films directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. See more »

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No explanation is given as to how Hedy Lamarr's character, a young girl who grew up in Bangor, Maine, in the 1800s, acquired an Austrian accent. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln Pittridge: [Giving a sermon, quoting from Proverbs 5:3] The lips of a strange woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil... But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword!
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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"The Strange Review" (2003)
6 October 2003 | by sadie_thompsonSee all my reviews

Oh, but that Hedy Lamarr is unearthly beautiful. No wonder people just stared at her constantly.

At this part of her career (the mid-forties) Hedy Lamarr seemingly became tired of her "stand still and look stupid" technique (supposedly her own words there). I believe this is the film where she decided to start acting, and for unknown reasons no one liked her. She does surprisingly well, but as other reviewers have said, people have a difficult time concentrating on what she's doing. She doesn't appear to be too affected and irritating, but I don't think she was going to get an Oscar.

At the beginning of the film, young Jenny Hager (Kay from "Mildred Pierce") says that when she is older, she will have whatever she wants because she's going to be beautiful. In a transition shot she dissolves into Hedy Lamarr. Reaction--"Yep, she'll get whatever she wants. Definitely." The long dark hair, arranged perfectly but not too "done," the high arching eyebrows, those lips...one could go on forever. Unfortunately, her beauty doesn't seem to be more than skin deep. She is a complete jerk. She takes from her rich husband and gives to the poor church, but no reason is given for that. She takes care of her prostitute friend, but apparently only because she thinks prostitution is "cool." She is the type that believes in being honest, which means she likes talking about men and women and what they do. This makes her ahead of her time, I suppose. That doesn't offend me or anything, but she's kinda stereotypical in a way (a corset burner?). When the young Jenny made her remark about getting what she wanted, it's frightening that at that age she knew she could use sex for personal gain. That's what the older Jenny does. She uses men, she steals them, she bewitches them, the list just gets longer.

Biggest gripes--the totally unreal character of Jenny's sort-of friend, whose name escapes me, and the power of money. The friend is quite bland, so it's hard to remember anything distinct. She is the ultimate sacrificing woman, yet she's not very nice. It gets ridiculous. Early in the film, she is described as not liking Jenny, then all of a sudden, money changes everything. That's another irritating thing. Jenny marries a rich man, and the world's her oyster. She doesn't change as a person, but everyone's idea of her alters. The women in church talk out of both sides of their mouth--"I'm sorry I didn't call on you when you were married, but now we'll be best friends"; things to that effect. Also aggravating is the way older films punish the bad characters. Jenny gets punished no less than twice, and both are irreversible. To use a title from the silent version of "The Ten Commandments"--"If you break the Ten Commandments, they will break you." Jenny didn't deserve to be broken.


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