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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.

Director:

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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FOR EVERY MAN WHO BETRAYED HER..A HUNDRED MEN HAD TO PAY! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Tim O'Bannion: I see you've got a new secretary...
Stephen Collins: I thought you knew her?
Tim O'Bannion: No - not really. It takes quite a time to get to know a girl like Kathy Allen.
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Connections

Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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Better Than Average Soap - Wicked as They Come
14 September 2018 | by arthur_taferoSee all my reviews

Arlene Dahl does a nice turn as a cold, manipulative woman, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Along the way she goes a bit off the deep end of the morality scale, and inflicts some unnecessary punishment on some over-optimistic suitors. The director, who was also the writer, Harris, does a pretty good job of story-telling and framing most of the scenes. The emotional battles we see raging on the screen are ones that many viewers will have experieinced at one time or another. This character could have been formulated, however, without the last-minute copout rationalization given by the story line. Despite thiis one convenient mechanism, the film still holds up pretty well as a solid soap.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked as They Come See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frankovich Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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