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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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The lovers of PICNIC together again - closer...more wildly in love! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Janice Rule and Ralph Meeker were cast because they were the leads in a New York production of "Picnic", and Republic Pictures' publicity for the movie attempted to exploit the association with Columbia's film version of the play, Picnic (1956). The poster art-work for this film (showing Rule and Meeker) is nearly identical (even using the same muted color-scheme) to that featuring William Holden and Kim Novak for "Picnic". See more »

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A Woman's Devotion
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Gwen Davis
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Does Ralph Meeker Deserve A Woman's Devotion?
24 March 2015 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Ralph Meeker is a vet who has headaches, blackouts, and the alarming things that in classic cinema make him an easy target for a suspicious cop. Paul Henreid, the suspicious cop, is ready to toss the guy into a prison cell. Can A WOMAN'S DEVOTION, supplied by Janice Rule, keep Meeker out of a nasty prison in beautiful Acapulco?

This is one of those films that gets called noir -- in this case because the plot, featuring a vet who have gone bad, seems to cry out for black and white photography, bleak cynicism, and gun play amongst the Venetian blinds. But it really does not belong in that category -- partly because the focus of the picture is really on a well acted cat and mouse game between Paul Henreid -- playing a bitter Mexican cop to perfection -- and Janice Rule, who is a devoted wife, but a smart one, determined to get her husband out of the mess that is slowly surrounding him. The other star, one rendered in Republic's Technicolor variant, is Acapulco, which is seedier than what one usually sees in the movies.

The film starts slowly -- because Henreid (the director) is determined to show happiness between Rule and Meeker -- and he is also giving himself time to establish the true sour core of his character. The result is once the mystery elements finally get going, we actually feel for these characters, and that makes the (alas) inevitable end that more powerful.

Yet another scarce film that needs a release, but does not have the obvious hook for it. And the next time TCM does a Paul Henreid retrospective, they need to find this one. His direction draws out the best in his actors (except for Meeker, who misplays his part in the later reels). His own acting seems inspired by being cast a bit against type.


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