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The Strange Woman (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 25 October 1946 (USA)
In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

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(as Edgar Ulmer), (uncredited)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Beautiful Jenny Hager finds she can always get what she wants from the men in the 1820's port of Bangor, Maine. Freed by his death from her drunkard father she soon manoeuvres herself into a position to marry a middle-aged monied local businessman. Though she often uses his money to do good, she continues to consider all other men fair game. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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1.37 : 1
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Is in the Public Domain, like most films directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. See more »

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No explanation is given as to how Hedy Lamarr's character, a young girl who grew up in Bangor, Maine, in the 1800s, acquired an Austrian accent. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Hager: Why does everything frighten you? You're going to make me very angry. and if I get angry and go on wanting you, I might tell him what happened between us.
Ephraim Poster: Nothing's happened between us.
Jenny Hager: [referring to his father] No, but which of us will he believe?
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Featured in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(aka "Here Comes the Bride" and "Wedding March") (1850) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
heard during engagement scene with Sanders and Lamarr
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Should be better remembered
21 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

An obscure film which, because of surprising creative touches in directing, acting and editing, should be shown more often: more than a potboiler, more than a "women's picture" that did not happen to star Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, it offers an engaging story, characters of substance and - except for a convenient and contrived ending - an honest portrayal of people caught in a web of circumstances and emotions they cannot control. Aside from the glitter and sweep, it has more similarities to than differences from "Gone With the Wind."

This may be Hedy Lamarr's most challenging role, and she acquits herself quite well. George Sanders appears infrequently as a sympathetic character, but even he is victimized by the Scarlett O'Hara-like wiles of Hedy. That both of these performers have accents that are not suggestive of born-and-bred Maine residents should not constitute more than a minor annoyance. The picture has more than enough offsetting merits.


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