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A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 14 May 1948 (Mexico)
A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (screenplay), Aldous Huxley (short story "The Gioconda Smile")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Henry Maurier
Ann Blyth ... Doris Mead
Jessica Tandy ... Janet Spence
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. James Libbard
Mildred Natwick ... Nurse Caroline Braddock
Cecil Humphreys Cecil Humphreys ... General Spence
Hugh French ... Robert Lester
Rachel Kempson ... Emily Maurier
Valerie Cardew Valerie Cardew ... Clara
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Leslie Blake
John Williams ... Prosecuting Counsel
Leyland Hodgson ... First Warder
Ola Lorraine Ola Lorraine ... Maisey
Harry Cording ... Chauffeur McNabb
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Storyline

Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic heart disease, and Henry promptly marries Doris, to the chagrin of neighbor Janet Spence, who loves him. When a post-mortem shows that Emily's death was precipitated by arsenic, Henry is placed on trial for his life. But is he guilty? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gioconda Smile See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 13, 1949 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Libbard: Some women cry as easily as a pig grunts. And enjoy it very nearly as much.
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Version of Climax!: The Gioconda Smile (1954) See more »

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A highly literate script by Aldous Huxley and an absorbing courtroom drama.
20 January 1999 | by Michael-110See all my reviews

Henry Maurier (Boyer) is an arrogant wealthy Englishman married to Emily who is both sickly and shrewish. Doris (Blyth) is his much younger mistress. The Maurier's also have a woman friend named Janet Spence (Tandy) who has always loved Maurier. When Emily is poisoned, suspicion falls on Henry and there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence against him. The script, by Aldous Huxley, is extremely literate and the movie is a pleasure to watch. Courtroom fans will also enjoy the capably executed inquest and trial scenes.


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