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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.

Director:

Paul Henreid

Writer:

Robert Hill (story and screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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ALL THAT DAY...AND ALL THE NEXT And forever, she belonged to him, driven by love and driven by fear. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acapulco 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:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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A Woman's Devotion
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Gwen Davis
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A Pleasant Surprise
23 August 2001 | by HernriedSee all my reviews

I had no idea what to expect, especially with two very different titles ("A Woman's Devotion" vs "Battle Shock"), but this film turned out to be quite entertaining. Janice Rule (Estelle) and Rosenda Monteros (Maria) were very good, as was Paul Henreid (the police captain; he also directed this movie).

Filmed in color on location in Mexico, this picture was visually rich and gave a great sense of place. There is a very frank, unglamourous fight between two male characters that is all the better for putting awkward realism over the choreographed look.

The Mexican supporting cast, especially for the characters of Maria and the chief of police, did quite well. Smooth editing and good directing. Only two problems - Ralph Meeker wasn't the best choice for the male lead, and the ending left me wanting a bit of denouement.

Overall, very watchable and enjoyable, and I'd see it again.


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