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Anna Lucasta (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 11 July 1949 (USA)
A young woman who is disowned by her alcoholic father turns to prostitution to support herself; her scheming brother-in-law devises a plan to marry her off and make some money in the process.

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Irving Rapper

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Arthur Laurents (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Paulette Goddard ... Anna Lucasta
William Bishop ... Rudolf Strobel
John Ireland ... Danny Johnson
Oskar Homolka ... Joe Lucasta
Broderick Crawford ... Frank
Will Geer ... Noah
Gale Page ... Katie
Mary Wickes ... Stella
Whit Bissell ... Stanley
Lisa Golm ... Theresa
James Brown ... Buster
Dennie Moore ... Blanche
Anthony Caruso ... Eddie
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Anna Lucasta (Paulette Goddard)is disowned by her cruel father, Joe Lucasta (Oskar Homolka) and turns into a disillusioned, despondent and wayward girl who becomes a prostitute and sinks to the depths of degradation. But she is reclaimed and reformed by the man she marries, Rudolf Strobel (William Bishop). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Lucasta - sataman morsian See more »

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Security Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was from abokay that was originally written for a Polish American family, but was actually first produced by the American Negro Theater, after being re written by The American Negro Theatre director Abram Hill and director Henry Wagstaff Gribble for an all African American cast See more »

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Version of Anna Lucasta (1977) See more »

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It's Snowtime!
26 May 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Paulette Goddard (Anna) has left home and now leads a life of easy virtue in the bars of Brooklyn. Her father Oskar Homolka (Joe) seeks her out to come back and stay with the family. However, there is an ulterior motive at play, namely recent college graduate William Bishop (Rudolf) who has turned up with $4,000, and to whom Omolka has been entrusted to look after and help find a suitable wife for. Goddard fits the bill as a perfect suitor if his family can only keep her prostitution past from Bishop.

Well, there's not really very much going on in terms of story but it's a good cast. Broderick Crawford (Frank) and Mary Wickes (Stella) score highly for comedy factor as does Grayce Hampton (Queenie) as the old lush in the bar at the end of the film. Very funny. A mention must also go to Paulette Goddard who is good in the lead role.

There is not too much that happens and the film is obviously originally intended as a play, but everything about the story is predictable, so no surprises anywhere. It's clichéd in parts, so it's not a particularly well written play. Nevertheless, Goddard and her wish for snow keeps things going. Without her and Broderick Crawford, this would suffer.


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