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Jennifer (1953)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 25 October 1953 (USA)
Agnes Langsley gets a job, through Jim Hollis, as caretaker of an old and vacated estate. The owner's cousin, Jennifer, was the last occupant and mysteriously disappeared. Agnes soon begins... See full summary »

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Joel Newton

Writer:

Virginia Myers (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ida Lupino ... Agnes Langley
Howard Duff ... Jim Hollis
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Orin
Mary Shipp Mary Shipp ... Lorna
Ned Glass ... Grocery Clerk
Kitty McHugh Kitty McHugh ... Landlady
Russ Conway ... Gardener
Lorna Thayer ... Molly - Grocery Clerk
Matt Dennis Matt Dennis ... Matt Dennis - Pianist / Singer
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Agnes Langsley gets a job, through Jim Hollis, as caretaker of an old and vacated estate. The owner's cousin, Jennifer, was the last occupant and mysteriously disappeared. Agnes soon begins to believe that Jennifer was murdered and that Jilm, whom she has fallen in love with, is responsible. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Did Jennifer fear his fingers at her throat... or the burning caress of his lips?

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Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1953 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Angel Eyes
Music by Matt Dennis
Lyrics by Earl K. Brent (as Earl Brent)
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Really corny, a big disappointment
5 April 2011 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

I hate to say it, considering how much I admire Ida Lupino, but this film is a total flop. It was directed by 'Joel Newton', and is his sole directorial credit, so I suspect that may have been a pseudonym of someone else. Ida Lupino and her husband Howard Duff are the two leads. But despite their best efforts, the film is so badly made, so corny, and has such extremely ludicrous music that it is essentially worthless. It aims at being a sturdy film noir film, but it fails on all counts. James Wong Howe was the cinematographer, but even he is below par. His shots of 'a mysterious shadow' are not even good. In this same year, Lupino directed her brilliant film THE BIGAMIST (1953), and the previous year she had delivered a fine performance in ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952), so she was not at all in decline at the time of JENNIFER. This is just one of those duds which all concerned must have wished to forget, and so should we.


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