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Dishonored Lady (1947)

Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty ... See full summary »

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Robert Stevenson

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Edward Sheldon (play), Margaret Ayer Barnes (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hedy Lamarr ... Madeleine Damien
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dr. David S. Cousins
John Loder ... Felix Courtland
William Lundigan ... Jack Garet
Morris Carnovsky ... Dr. Richard Caleb
Natalie Schafer ... Ethel Royce
Paul Cavanagh ... Victor Kranish
Douglass Dumbrille ... District Attorney O'Brien (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Geiger
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Storyline

Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty advertiser, and her bad luck with men are driving her to a breakdown. She seeks the help of a psychiatrist, and under his orders, quits her job and moves into a smaller flat under a new identity. She becomes interested in painting and a handsome neighbor. He soon finds out about her past when an ex-suitor implicates her in a murder. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Unbridled passion . . . scandal . . . murder!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sins of Madeleine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the characters' names from the play were changed for the film version. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film when Dr Cousins 'punches' Jack Garet, Garet flies backwards without contact. See more »

Quotes

Victor Kranish: How's the insomnia?
Madeleine Damien: Oh, I found some new sleeping pills. Red ones this time.
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Version of Letty Lynton (1932) See more »

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The Power of Love
20 November 2013 | by tnrcooperSee all my reviews

Really enjoyed this film. In it, a troubled woman feels that her life has spun so far out of control that she has to try and take it. She is ultimately redeemed.

In some ways this film is rather old-fashioned, but in other ways, it is pleasingly ahead of its time. On the one hand, Hedy Lamarr is so upset that she has succumbed to the desires of the flesh that she tries suicides. In this day and age, her behavior would not rate particularly scandalous, but in 1947, society's judgment weighed heavier on people's public morals. Consequently Madeline's suicide attempt. Fortunately she fails in her attempt and makes a very modern decision - removing herself from what might today be termed a toxic environment and retreating to get in touch with herself. She gets to "a better place" and then everything comes crashing down on her. How will she respond? I found this a very enjoyable movie.

Hedy Lamarr is gorgeous, and this is a fascinating role for her - getting to be vulnerable, a tigress, a very successful businesswoman, and a woman happily in love. I found her love interest to be very good as a mild-mannered scientist. His love for her was apparent when the police came and it seemed his dreams melted away before his eyes. I also found psychologist Dr. Caleb to be great. I thought his insights were the strongest point of the script and I thought Morris Carnovsky injected the character with the requisite fire and probably even more than one anticipated from a doctor which made the performance all the more noteworthy. I thought John Loder as reptilian Felix Courtland was also excellent, as was William Lundigan as a spoiled, jealous, callow rival of Madeleine's in the office.

I really liked this film and think the score it has on IMDb should be a lot higher.


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