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A Woman's Devotion (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 November 1956 (USA)
A newly married American couple vacationing in Mexico is prevented by the police from leaving Acapulco when the husband becomes prime suspect in a local girl's homicide.


Paul Henreid


Robert Hill (story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
Ralph Meeker ... Trevor Stevenson
Janice Rule ... Stella Stevenson
Paul Henreid ... Capt. Henrique Monteros
Rosenda Monteros ... Maria
Fanny Schiller ... Señora Reidl
José Torvay ... Gomez
Yerye Beirute ... Amigo Herrera
Tony Carbajal Tony Carbajal ... Police Sergeant
Jaime González Quiñones Jaime González Quiñones ... Roberto (as Jaime González)
Carlos Riquelme ... Chief of Police


After six months of marriage to Trevor Stevenson (Ralph Meeker), well-known painter and much-decorated hero of World War Two, Stella (Janice Rule)has found such complete fulfillment of all her romantic dreams that when he is accused or murdering a pretty cantina waitress, on their first night in Acapulco, she angrily defends him to Police Captain Henrique Montros (Paul Henreid),. nephew of Senora Reidl (Fanny Schiller), owner of the pension where they are staying. But when the maid,. Maria (Rosenda Monteros), tries to blackmail her with sketches of the dead girl, made by TRevor on the night she was murdered, and found in the house by the husband and Maria's lover, Amigo Herrera (Yerye Beirute), Stella begins to have second thoughts regarding the innocence of her husband. And his bouts of amnesia enforces her doubts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Tampico and Mazatlan were considered as possible shooting sites.An earthquake resulting in damage to the Colonia Progreso area forced the production team to seek other location sites in the Acapulco area. See more »


A Woman's Devotion
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Gwen Davis
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23 August 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It was interesting to have Paul Henreid, better known as an actor, in the director's chair, with 'A Woman's Devotion' is the second film he directed out of six between 1952 and 1964. Was also looking forward to seeing Ralph Meeker in the lead role, in a type of role that seemed to fit what he was best known for on paper. Really liked the concept for the film as well, with the right execution it could have been a quite tense film that didn't hold back.

Something that 'A Woman's Devotion' mostly was, a quite tense film that doesn't sugarcoat things. Deserving of more credit instead of the practically obscure status it has now. 'A Woman's Devotion' is not perfect by all means (few films are) and doesn't completely live up to its potential, with a few disappointments and a final quarter or so that didn't seem as strong as the rest of the film. Mixed with those disappointments are a lot of good things.

'A Woman's Devotion' could have been stronger. Meeker has been a lot better than he is here and disappoints, the role is one that required tough intensity and unusually Meeker didn't have that in his performance and didn't seem that engaged in the third act.

Which generally could have done with more tension and the ending felt too abrupt.

The rest of the acting is fine though, with Janice Rule, in one of the more difficult parts, having the intensity (as well as the sensuality) that Meeker didn't have. Rosenda Monteros, very close to getting the acting honours at her best, unsettles as Maria. Henreid has the authority of his role just right. He directs with assurance, really letting the atmosphere speak in the first part and personally didn't think it took too long to get to the meat of the story.

It is the middle where 'A Woman's Devotion' is at its best, where the characters (especially Stella) are at their most interesting and investable and where the more mystery aspects are at their most engaging and suspenseful. It's a great looking film, especially the photography, and the music doesn't detract from the atmosphere. The script is lean and intriguing enough at all times and there is a suitably pull no punches approach to the material.

Overall, not a great film but worth tracking down at least. 7/10

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Release Date:

16 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Shock See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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