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The Secret Fury (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 February 1950 (USA)
A woman preparing to marry her fiance is accused of bigamy by a stranger but she fights back by trying to prove she's the victim of a conspiracy designed to discredit her.

Director:

Mel Ferrer

Writers:

Lionel Houser, Jack Leonard (story) (as Jack R. Leonard) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Ellen R. Ewing
Robert Ryan ... David McLean
Jane Cowl ... Aunt Clara Ewing
Paul Kelly ... District Attorney Eric Lowell
Philip Ober ... Gregory Kent
Elisabeth Risdon ... Dr. Twining
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Pearl Collins
Dave Barbour Dave Barbour ... Lucian Randall
Vivian Vance ... Leah
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Storyline

During the ceremony marrying Ellen and David, a stranger stands up when that phrase "if anyone knows why these two may not be joined..." is spoken. The stranger announces that Ellen is already married. Ellen however insists she is not, and the strain of proving she is telling the truth pushes her mind towards a breakdown and results in the death of the man she has supposedly already married (among others.) Ellen is charged with this death. But David believes in her innocence and sets out to uncover the conspiracy and the reason behind it. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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"YOU CAN'T MARRY THAT MAN!" shouted the stranger at her wedding! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Spot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 21, 1950 with Claudette Colbert and Robert Ryan reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

As Ellen is being chased by Kent at the end of the film, the pistol is in her left hand, but as she gets to the door which leads to the attic, the pistol is in her right hand, and remains so throughout. See more »

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Referenced in Balarrasa (1951) See more »

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The Jazz Me Blues
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Ethel Mertz as mercenary maid is reason enough to watch
29 August 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The Secret Fury, in many ways a run-of-the-mill romantic suspense drama (directed by Mel Ferrer) boasts top-notch principals in Colbert and Ryan; it stays puzzling if not quite gripping until towards the end, when implausibility conquers suspension of disbelief -- as so often it does in this genre. But for some viewers the film's highlight will be the portrayal of blowsy Leah by Vivian Vance -- the immortal Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy." Oddly, Vance had very few film roles; her true home was Broadway, where (among other gigs) she understudied for Ethel Merman. Here she contributes a winning turn as a chambermaid suborned to play a minor part in a nefarious scheme; watch her half-heartedly trying to wave away the smoke when she's puffing a furtive cigarette in the hotel's linen-storage room -- a transgression for which she ultimately pays the supreme penalty.


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