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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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So shocking she could only be spoken about in whispers! 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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Sound Mix:

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 »

Goofs

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

Jenny Hager: Your mother must be a wonderful woman. I hope that someday you'll say that I'm just like her.
John Evered: That won't be easy. Nother had nine boys.
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Connections

Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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[Heard during snow scene]
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unusual femme fatale film
12 September 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Hedy Lamarr once said that the key to appearing beautiful is 'to stand still and look stupid', but here she proves she could act when required to. As the daughter of a drunk, Jenny has ambitions to rise in the world and become beautiful, using her wiles to subdue and bewitch men into doing her bidding. With a rich and older husband with a weak and easily led son, you can see where this is going, and with people like George Sanders and Louis Hayward supporting her in the cast, Hedy shines in the title role.

A beautifully shot, tightly written film which may have been low budget but has a definite sheen of polish.


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