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I, Jane Doe (1948)

Approved | | Drama, War | 25 May 1948 (USA)
While stationed in France during World War II, an American fighter pilot marries a French girl, but when he goes home he doesn't take her with him. That's because he's already married to a ... See full summary »

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John H. Auer

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screenplay), Decla Dunning (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ruth Hussey ... Eve Meredith Curtis
John Carroll ... Stephen Curtis
Vera Ralston ... Annette Dubois / Jane Doe
Gene Lockhart ... Arnold Matson
John Howard ... William Hilton
Benay Venuta ... Phyllis Tuttle
Adele Mara ... Marga-Jane Hastings
Roger Dann Roger Dann ... Julian Aubert
James Bell ... Judge Bertrand
Leon Belasco ... Duroc
John Litel ... Horton
Eric Feldary ... Reporter
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Father Martin
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Marie
John Albright John Albright ... Reporter
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While stationed in France during World War II, an American fighter pilot marries a French girl, but when he goes home he doesn't take her with him. That's because he's already married to a successful lawyer back in the U.S. Nevertheless, the war bride follows him to the U.S., one thing leads to another, and she winds up killing him, and finds herself being defended in court by the wife of the man she has just killed. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A powerful love story...humanly told!

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Bride See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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More weeper than thriller, improbable courtroom drama's strongest point is Ruth Hussey
15 August 2003 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Though its title contains a suggestion of film noir, I, Jane Doe is more of a post-war women's weeper hung along a suspense plot. That plot can be swiftly summarized: War bride kills American husband and is then defended by bigamous husband's widow. It's neither a terrible nor an incompetent movie, but it's rather a dull and improbable one, redeemed mainly by Ruth Hussey's fresh and unmannered portrayal of the two-timed defense attorney.

She had it all, at one time: A thriving Manhattan law practice, a modern high-rise apartment boasting a fireplace as big as Charles Foster Kane's at Xanadu, and a husband whom one of the characters, obviously deranged by the wartime shortage of men, calls a `dreamboat' (John Carroll). When Carroll goes to France as a fighter pilot, a chain of circumstances heavy on stock footage lead him to wed a French war widow (Vera Ralston). When she doesn't hear from him after his return Stateside, she sells her country farmhouse and pursues him to New York, using a forged passport. Carroll's so glad to see her he turns her in to the immigration authorities. Bad move, for hell hath no fury....

The bulk of the story is told in a courtroom during Ralston's second murder trial (following the first, when she was sentenced to death, she was found to be pregnant). Frequent glissandos on the harp accompany `washes' forward and backward that come with the monotony of pounding surf. (They're the only things approximating `style' in the movie.) But Gene Lockhart as the prosecuting attorney and Benay Venuta as Hussey's assistant liven matters up tolerably, lending able support to Hussey's strong central performance.


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