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No Man of Her Own (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 5 June 1950 (UK)
A pregnant woman adopts the identity of a railroad crash victim and starts a new life with the woman's wealthy in-laws, but is soon blackmailed by her devious ex.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Sally Benson (screenplay), Catherine Turney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Helen Ferguson / Patrice Harkness
John Lund ... Bill Harkness
Jane Cowl ... Mrs. Harkness
Phyllis Thaxter ... Patrice Harkness
Lyle Bettger ... Stephen 'Steve' Morley
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Harkness
Richard Denning ... Hugh Harkness
Carole Mathews ... Irma - the blonde
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Ty Winthrop
Catherine Craig ... Rosalie Baker
Esther Dale ... Josie
Milburn Stone ... Plainclothesman
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Parker
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Storyline

In a mansion in Caulfield, Illinois, Patrice Harkness and Bill Harkness are waiting for the police. Meanwhile, she recalls her life in San Francisco. The eight-month pregnant Helen Ferguson is dumped by her boyfriend, the crook Stephen 'Steve' Morley, who gives a train ticket to her to New York to stay with his new girlfriend. In the train, Helen befriends the also pregnant Patrice Harkness and her husband Hugh Harkness that are returning from Europe. When they go to the toilet, Patrice asks Helen to hold her wedding ring to avoid losing it, but there is an accident and only Helen survives. She is mistaken by the Hatkness family as being Patrice and welcomed by Mrs. Harkness, Mr. Harkness and Bill at home. Helen decides to pose of Patrice thinking in the future of her baby Hugh and the family treats her like a daughter. Out of the blue, Steve meets Helen in a club and blackmails her, promising to destroy the lives to Mr. and Mrs. Harkness. Now Helen realizes that she must kill Steve ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Married a Dead Man See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade as "Mrs. Winterbourne" ( 1996 ), starring Ricki Lake and Shirley MacLaine. See more »

Goofs

When Bill gets stuck in the slush trying to turn his car around to follow Stephen Morley and Helen Ferguson whom he has passed on the road, the rear wheels spin without traction. The front tires can be seen to have chains installed. If they had been installed on the rear drive tires, he wouldn't have had a problem and the scene wouldn't have had as much tension. See more »

Quotes

Bill Harkness: [returns to car after dumping a dead body onto a moving train] He stayed on, caught on the catwalk or whatever it is, but his hat and... came off.
Helen Ferguson: Don't.
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Version of J'ai épousé une ombre (1983) See more »

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No Man of Her Own (1950)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A case of mistake identity turns into a grand deception as a new mother tries to secure a better life for her child. The premise is similar to THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL (minus the concentration camp angle, of course). A bit predictable and a bit far-fetched, but Stanwyck's performance sells it completely, and Leisen shows a dedication to the material, bringing what might have been a rather hokey women's weepie to life. The drama is compelling from start to finish, with measured pacing and excellent camera-work. The situation keeps ratcheting up to a tense climax. Lyle Bettger is pretty great as the slimy antagonist, as is Jane Cowl as the benevolent grand dame of the household (John Lund once again comes off rather bland). If the ending seems a bit too convenient, at least it provides for a really satisfying callback.


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