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Outrage (1950)

A young woman who has just become engaged has her life completely shattered when she is raped while on her way home from work.

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Collier Young (written for the screen by), Malvin Wald (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mala Powers ... Ann Walton
Tod Andrews ... Rev. Bruce Ferguson
Robert Clarke ... Jim Owens
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Eric Walton
Lillian Hamilton ... Mrs. Walton (as Lilian Hamilton)
Rita Lupino Rita Lupino ... Stella Carter
Hal March Hal March ... Detective Sergeant Hendrix
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Tom Harrison
Jerry Paris ... Frank Marini
Angela Clarke ... Madge Harrison
Roy Engel ... Sheriff Charlie Hanlon
Lovyss Bradley ... Mrs. Miller
Hamilton Camp ... Shoeshine Boy (as Robin Camp)
William Challee ... Lee Wilkins
Tristram Coffin ... Judge McKenzie
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Storyline

A young girl is raped while coming home from work. The trauma of the attack turns her away from her parents and her fiancé, and, unable to face society, she runs away and, using an assumed name, takes a job on an orange ranch. A young clergyman takes an interest in her, although she won't confide in him. When a ranch hand tries to kiss her, she relives her terrifying experience and nearly kills him. She is arrested but when her identity is established and the facts of her case are brought forth, the clergyman convinces the court that it is society that should shoulder the blame. He helps rebuild her faith and send her back to her parents and fiancé. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1950 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nice Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Marysville, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1941-1950 claims Tod Andrews made his screen debut in this film; actually, he has at least a dozen and a half previous credits while under contract to Warner Bros. as Michael Ames. See more »

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Introducing Mala Powers and Tod Andrews See more »


Soundtracks

Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Heard as background music on a calliope during first scene]
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Lupino broke a taboo
21 October 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It was the first film dealing with the burning subject of rape.France,for instance,had to wait till 1977 to see a (female) director -Yannick Bellon- tackle this crime.Bellon had a different way to express her disgust in her "l'amour violé" :she showed the whole scene of the rape which lasted ten interminable minutes and she did not turn the audience into peeping toms ,far from it: most of the time,they had to look away .

Given the Hayes code ,and given the limitations she was working under,Lupino's movie is quite successful.We do not see the rape ,but its aftermath is depicted in lavish details:the scene at the office where the heroine cannot stand the familiar noises anymore is a great moment;the people on the street with their big smile who talk behind her back;the fiancé who cannot understand and who wants to carry on as if nothing has happened;every man becoming a living threat for her;all rings true.

It will take a man's patience,compassion and disinterested love to push Ann towards life again.


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