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The Unholy Wife (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1957 (USA)
Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust... See full summary »

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screenplay), William Durkee (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Diana Dors ... Phyllis Hochen
Rod Steiger ... Paul Hochen
Tom Tryon ... San Sanders
Beulah Bondi ... Emma Hochen
Marie Windsor ... Gwen
Arthur Franz ... Father Stephen Hochen
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Ezra Benton
Joe De Santis ... Gino Verdugo
Argentina Brunetti ... Theresa
Steve Pendleton ... Deputy Bob Watkins
Douglas Spencer ... Judge
Gary Hunley Gary Hunley ... Michael
James Burke ... Sheriff Tom Watling
Tol Avery ... Dist. Atty. Carl Kramer
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Storyline

Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust matters, she forms a murderous scheme, which seems to be going wrong...or is it? Will irony intervene in time to thwart a seemingly perfect crime? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HALF-ANGEL......HALF-DEVIL, she made him HALF-A-MAN! ...she flaunted his hopes, taunted his dreams, turned his peaceful valley into a volcano of seething passions that even murder could not stem! (original poster)

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Prowler See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Rod Steiger replaced Ernest Borgnine See more »

Connections

Referenced in 10 Attitudes (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

ONE FOR MY BABY (AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD)
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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great guzzlin' grand' guignol
6 February 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

The comment by Melvelvit also on this site is fantastic...and I think he is right. I have only just discovered this - yes - lurid thriller - made in the final days of RKO, and it is as much fun in a demented way as it is genuinely interesting. Now that I have seen the film again with Melvelvit's believable comments under my, er, belt, well, it might just be Rod Steiger after all, and not poor Diana at all who is the genuine Unholy Wife. All that (later) Baby Jane and Charlotte campery can be seen it its seed form in this well produced, decorated stylish dark mansion melodrama...complete with trashy rodeo handsome hick and lusty barfly floozies for added tarty extras. Imagine running a cinema in the mid to late 50s and having RKO call you once a month offering double features of any of these mix'n'match titles: SON OF SINBAD / THE FRENCH LINE / SLIGHTLY SCARLET / INFERNO / THE UNHOLY WIFE/ THE GIRL MOST LIKELY etc. What a life there was for some excited cinema goer!


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