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Wicked Woman (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 9 December 1953 (USA)
Drifting floozy Billie Nash gets a bar job where she seduces the owner's husband by convincing him to defraud his drunkard wife in order to elope together to Mexico but a sleazy neighbor with designs on Billie jeopardizes her plans.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Clarence Greene (written for the screen by), Russell Rouse (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Beverly Michaels ... Billie Nash
Richard Egan ... Matt Bannister
Percy Helton ... Charlie Borg
Evelyn Scott Evelyn Scott ... Dora Bannister
Robert Osterloh ... Larry Lowry
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Gus
Frank Ferguson ... Bill Porter
Bernadene Hayes ... Mrs. Walters
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A blonde floozy drifts into town and gets a job as a waitress at a local bar. She sets her sights on the bar's handsome owner, who is married to an alcoholic. Her plans are for the two of them to take the bar's money and skip to Mexico - but a boarder at the rooming house where she is staying discovers her plans, and comes up with a plan of his own. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free and Easy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

As Matt Bannister steps into Bille's room to assault her, you can see the bald head of someone pass out of the doorway, presumably Charlie Borg. But when the camera pans left, Borg is still standing on the far side of the bed. See more »

Quotes

[after a meal with Charlie Borg]
Billie Nash: That dinner don't entitle you to no special favors, buster!
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Connections

Referenced in Naked Afternoon (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

One Night in Acapulco
by Buddy Baker and Joseph Mullendore (as Joe Mullendore)
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Rule-Breaking Noir Heats Up Screen
14 February 2015 | by psych-shawnSee all my reviews

I really LOVE traditional film noir with its dark, atmospheric settings and bizarre camera angles, its staccato dialog full of over-the-top innuendo and fist-like bluntness, the tortured characters with their compulsions and secrets and the complex plots told in flashbacks and surprise twists.

Wicked Woman is the film noir that breaks all these rules but kept me glued to the screen. Whereas the typical film noir is highly stylized and artificial, Wicked Woman is played out in very natural, gritty locations and sets. Instead of shadowy streets and darkly lit rooms the femme fatale sashays in and out of well-lit scenes in a series of flashy all-white outfits accented by her platinum blonde hair.

In a typical noir, you feel that all the action is pre-ordained, that everybody is trapped in their situation and compelled to follow the script for their life. In Wicked Woman, the characters are free to choose, to make their own script. They are very complex and unpredictable in ways that don't feel contrived. When the danger gets ratcheted up in the second half of the film, you have NO idea how it will be resolved and you feel genuine suspense.

The acting is excellent, from the leads to the supporting cast, the performances are memorable and all lend to the authenticity.

Some people have pooh-poohed the ending -- it's NOT a typical noir there either. But it will will surprise you, and it will get you thinking...

Some will argue from all this, that Wicked Woman is not a noir film at all. Maybe they are right, perhaps it is the anti-noir. I'm OK with that -- it was still very entertaining.


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