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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 »

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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

Jenny Hager: Why does everything frighten you? You're going to make me very angry. and if I get angry and go on wanting you, I might tell him what happened between us.
Ephraim Poster: Nothing's happened between us.
Jenny Hager: [referring to his father] No, but which of us will he believe?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

What Can You Do with a Drunken Sailor?
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Early 19th Century sea chanty
[Heard in tavern]
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More fun than most modern, more flamboyant film efforts!
11 July 2002 | by smarthomewkSee all my reviews

For a generation hooked on special effects, and mostly shoddy updates of very old film cliches, 'Strange Woman' must seem like a very dated movie. Of course, that largely depends on generational film tastes. A good story; good if sometimes uneven performances, and of course Hedy Lamarr; one of Hollywood's best kept secrets. Poor Hedy usually got the short end of the stick, as most of the critical acclaim went to very over-rated actresses, who were not nearly as beautiful as Hedy. Critics could never get past her phenomenal beauty, and more often rewarded Bergman, Turner, Davis, and Crawford, because they looked like ordinary everyday people. Oh! the simple minded, one-dimensional critics who imposed their bland tastes on a public, that just craved good entertainment. Hedy as Jenny Hager represents a daring stretch for Hedy; and she delivers a somewhat hammy, but nevertheless engaging performance. George Sanders is excellent as usual, in one of his lesser roles, and the cinematography is first rate. This is a melodramatic melodrama folks! It represents a bygone era in movie-making; when movies were made to entertain, sometimes most effectively in black and white, very often with modest budgets, and without mindboggling effects, extremely loud soundtracks. This movie deserves a 7/10.


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