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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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Cast overview:
... Kathleen 'Kathy' Allen, nee Allenborg
... Tim O'Bannion (as Phil Carey)
... Stephen Collins
... Larry Buckham
Ralph Truman ... John Dowling
... Frank Allenborg
... Sam Lewis
... Virginia Collins
Marvin Kane ... Mike Lewis
... Willie
Gil Winfield ... Chuck (as Gilbert Winfield)
... T.V. Announcer
... Connor
Jacques B. Brunius ... Inspector Caron (as Jacques Brunius)
... Guest pushing past chair
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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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February 1957 (USA)  »

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Keiner ging an ihr vorbei  »

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

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Arlene Dahl as wicked femme fatale in one of her better roles...
21 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

The opening scenes of this grim melodrama are reminiscent of the Barbara Stanwyck oldie, BABY FACE, about a girl's rise up the ladder of success by stepping on the men in her life as she seduces her way to the top. It's an old tale, done before in many films, and it gets fairly good treatment here.

ARLENE DAHL is convincing enough as the femme fatale every man is a sucker for, scheming her way to the top by doing whatever it is she can to pull the strings and push the right buttons. PHILIP CAREY is the one man who sees through all her manipulative ways, acting more or less as the woman's conscience by reminding her until the end of the story of the sins she commits.

Seems that she was badly abused in her youth in a gang rape situation and has never been able to love men since. Dahl plays the role in a gutsy way and it's probably one of her best acting jobs in an offbeat dramatic role.

Made at Columbia, in England, after she left MGM, it demonstrates that she has a range that was never tapped by her home studio. The sensible ending leaves open the question of whether she and Carey will ever be able to sort out the issues that kept them apart.


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