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Wicked as They Come (1956)

A poor but beautiful woman sets her sights on rising to the top, and lets nothing stand in her way - including murder.

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Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Robert Westerby (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Arlene Dahl ... Kathleen 'Kathy' Allen, nee Allenborg
Philip Carey ... Tim O'Bannion (as Phil Carey)
Herbert Marshall ... Stephen Collins
Michael Goodliffe ... Larry Buckham
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... John Dowling
Sidney James ... Frank Allenborg
David Kossoff ... Sam Lewis
Faith Brook ... Virginia Collins
Marvin Kane Marvin Kane ... Mike Lewis
Patrick Allen ... Willie
Gil Winfield Gil Winfield ... Chuck (as Gilbert Winfield)
Larry Cross ... T.V. Announcer
Alastair Hunter ... Connor
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Inspector Caron (as Jacques Brunius)
Anthony Sharp ... Guest pushing past chair
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Storyline

On a trip to Europe, her prize in a "fixed" beauty contest, Kathy Allne (Arlene Dahl)meet advertising man Tim O'Bannion (Philip Carey), who is attracted by her beauty but repelled by her ruthlessness towards men. In London, she ruins the career of photographer Larry Buckham (Michael Goodliffe)and compromises Tim's boss, Stephen Collins (Herbert Marshall). About to steal Colloins from his wife, Kathy learns that the wife's father, the elderly John Dowling (Ralph Truman)actually owns the world-wide advertising agency, so she marries him and,later, accidentally kills him, mistaking him for a prowler. But she is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die. Will this innocent gold-digger actually be executed? Written by Les Aams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The story of a girl who learned when she was sixteen how to get revenge for the wrong that was done her! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keiner ging an ihr vorbei See more »

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Frankovich Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In March 1957, Arlene Dahl sued Columbia in New York Supreme Court, charging that some images used to promote "Wicked as They Come" were composites of her face and another woman's body and that the resulting pictures were "obscene, degrading and offensive." In August 1957, the case was dismissed by New York Supreme Court Justice Henry Clay Greenberg. See more »

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Tim O'Bannion: Why not try advertising? 'Wanted: a husband - preferably someone else's'?
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Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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cute but there's much better along these lines out there
3 April 2005 | by marymorrisseySee all my reviews

Fab 50s fashions are the best thing this film has to offer with its story of a woman who works at some shirtwaist dress company who manipulates her way out of the "hoodlum" infested neighborhood in NY she comes from, claiming to be from tonier Boston! Sadly it seems they ran out of a costume budget halfway through, when, in spite of having hooked her biggest fish yet, she starts wearing outfits over again (such as a hideous white stole) - outfits less stylish, strangely, now that she lives in Paris!

The locations/sets are to die for. As is Arlene Dahl - gorgeous - but I kind of find her even more remarkable later in her life on the game show circuit. That's some long lasting glamour she's got! Besides as a young gal she looked too much like Janet Leigh. She married some hotties in her time and offsprang some too. Wow. Lex Barker, Lorenzo Lamas. Mmmm mmm! Not too shabby, tabby!

The film was introduced by a historian reading excerpts from a transcript of a suit brought by AD against the studio over a composite photo made for publicity purposes for which she maintained she never posed (and it certainly isn't in the film) in which someone kisses her nude shoulder. She insisted it was a "wanton" image, while maintaining she was "no prude". The court however found the image "delicate and artistic" or some such... she lost the case. All the same she says this is one of her favorite vehiculars. Well, I haven't seen any of her others but either they were pretty bad or her taste in hotties is better than her taste in pictures!

Anyway, the mitigating finale of the film is kind of a disappointment, as is the general low level of her wickedness throughout. Sure, she's "cheap and horrible" as Mildred Pierce said of Veda, but the whole story is told in more amusing pointed and flat out woman hatingly in some of those Hollywood precode films like "Babyface" with Babs Stanwyck (who never married any hotties). "Wicked" pulling its punches didn't really add much to it. Girl, if this is "wicked as they come" then I guess there are no whores, only (violated and somewhat narcissistic) madonnas!


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