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Woman in Hiding (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 22 February 1950 (USA)
After her father is killed in an accident, mill heiress Deborah Chandler marries the plant manager, Selden Clark, but his motives are suspicious.

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Michael Gordon

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Oscar Saul (screenplay), Roy Huggins (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Deborah Chandler Clark
Stephen McNally ... Selden Clark IV
Howard Duff ... Keith Ramsey
Peggy Dow ... Patricia Monahan
John Litel ... John Chandler
Taylor Holmes ... Lucius Maury
Irving Bacon ... 'Pops' Link
Don Beddoe ... Fat Salesman
Joe Besser ... Salesman with Drum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Gould ... Train Conductor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Deborah Chandler's rejected suitor, Selden Clark, manages the factory of her father, who dies: did he fall or was he pushed? But charming Clark manages to win her over and marry her. On the honeymoon, Clark's former girl Patricia intervenes and opens Deborah's eyes, alas too late. Now Clark tries to kill Deborah. Believed dead by all but Clark, she flees. But drifter Keith Ramsey recognizes and follows her. Can she trust him? Can he believe her? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'araignée See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Michael Kraike: The film's producer appears as "end man reading newspaper". See more »

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The pattern of the wet spots on Stephen McNally's suit change. See more »

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Lucius Maury: [to reporter] A good caning might teach you a decent respect for grief.
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Lupino imperiled, Duff to rescue: Above-average thriller
16 March 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

We first hear Ida Lupino's voice, in sepulchral voice-over, as we watch the wreck of a car that has plummeted over a bridge in North Carolina. "That's my body they're looking for..." she informs us. She's having a bad year; her father has died suddenly in an "accident" in the mill he owned and she up and married its general manager (Steven McNally), whom her father loathed (with reason: McNally killed him). On her wedding night she learned the truth about McNally (who seemed to specialize in deranged, controlling husbands, as in Make Haste to Live), and, trying to flee, found herself in a vehicle which he had rendered brakeless.

She's presumed dead, leaving McNally to inherit the mill (his plan all along), but just to be sure he puts out a reward for finding her. And Howard Duff, a newsstand clerk at a bus station in a nearby town, spots her, now blonde and on the lam. They strike a few sparks, but McNally convinces Duff that Lupino is emotionally disturbed, insuring that she'll be institutionalized and under his thumb.

All in all, Woman in Hiding's title says it all: It's a fairly standard woman-in-distress picture, but one with a superior cast. In addition to the tried-and-true team of Lupino and Duff (they were married at te time), Peggy Dow invests her few brief scenes as a ruthless rival for McNally's attention with memorable flair. The film looks good, too, especially in the darkened mill at the conclusion -- a conclusion which anticipates by a couple of years that of Sudden Fear, in which Joan Crawford fends of a homicidal busband who's got a bad girl on the side. Woman in Hiding is no masterpiece, nor is it one of Lupino's best performances, but it's well made, swift and satisfying.


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