6.6/10
1,452
46 user 18 critic

The Strange Woman (1946)

Approved | | 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.

Directors:

Edgar G. Ulmer (as Edgar Ulmer), Douglas Sirk (uncredited)

Writers:

Herb Meadow (screenplay), Ben Ames Williams (novel)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Dennis O'Keefe, John Loder
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig
Crossroads (1942)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor
Film-Noir | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1903, a doctor suspects murder in the gothic Bederaux family.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Paul Lukas
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

At a wedding party involving three beautiful women, a young man should choose the most charming. But a professor intervenes to prevent the verdict, remembering the troubles caused by Paris in a similar situation.

Directors: Marc Allégret, Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Massimo Serato, Alba Arnova
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Seeking US citizenship, a Viennese refugee arranges a marriage of convenience with a struggling writer.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: James Stewart, Hedy Lamarr, Ian Hunter
Algiers (1938)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie
Whistle Stop (1946)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When beautiful Mary returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.

Director: Léonide Moguy
Stars: George Raft, Ava Gardner, Victor McLaglen
Ruthless (1948)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The beautiful wife of a tweedy astronomer becomes convinced that her astrologer's prediction of a new dream man in her life will come true.

Directors: Alexander Hall, Vincente Minnelli
Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, James Craig
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A harried, overworked advertising executive is being pursued romantically by one of his clients, a successful perfume magnate ... and his former fiancée. The latest client of the agency is ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Robert Cummings, Anna Sten
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Hedy Lamarr ... Jenny Hager
George Sanders ... John Evered
Louis Hayward ... Ephraim Poster
Gene Lockhart ... Isaiah Poster
Hillary Brooke ... Meg Saladine
Rhys Williams ... Deacon Adams
June Storey ... Lena Tempest
Moroni Olsen ... Rev. Thatcher
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Hollis
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Partridge
Alan Napier ... Judge Henry Saladine
Dennis Hoey ... Tim Hager
Edit

Storyline

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 {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

So shocking she could only be spoken about in whispers! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den onda ängeln See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Story is set in Bangor, Maine. Other Maine towns mentioned include Augusta, Houlton, and Old Town. See more »

Goofs

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?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema: Alguns Cortes - Censura III (2015) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"The Strange Review" (2003)
6 October 2003 | by sadie_thompsonSee all my reviews

Oh, but that Hedy Lamarr is unearthly beautiful. No wonder people just stared at her constantly.

At this part of her career (the mid-forties) Hedy Lamarr seemingly became tired of her "stand still and look stupid" technique (supposedly her own words there). I believe this is the film where she decided to start acting, and for unknown reasons no one liked her. She does surprisingly well, but as other reviewers have said, people have a difficult time concentrating on what she's doing. She doesn't appear to be too affected and irritating, but I don't think she was going to get an Oscar.

At the beginning of the film, young Jenny Hager (Kay from "Mildred Pierce") says that when she is older, she will have whatever she wants because she's going to be beautiful. In a transition shot she dissolves into Hedy Lamarr. Reaction--"Yep, she'll get whatever she wants. Definitely." The long dark hair, arranged perfectly but not too "done," the high arching eyebrows, those lips...one could go on forever. Unfortunately, her beauty doesn't seem to be more than skin deep. She is a complete jerk. She takes from her rich husband and gives to the poor church, but no reason is given for that. She takes care of her prostitute friend, but apparently only because she thinks prostitution is "cool." She is the type that believes in being honest, which means she likes talking about men and women and what they do. This makes her ahead of her time, I suppose. That doesn't offend me or anything, but she's kinda stereotypical in a way (a corset burner?). When the young Jenny made her remark about getting what she wanted, it's frightening that at that age she knew she could use sex for personal gain. That's what the older Jenny does. She uses men, she steals them, she bewitches them, the list just gets longer.

Biggest gripes--the totally unreal character of Jenny's sort-of friend, whose name escapes me, and the power of money. The friend is quite bland, so it's hard to remember anything distinct. She is the ultimate sacrificing woman, yet she's not very nice. It gets ridiculous. Early in the film, she is described as not liking Jenny, then all of a sudden, money changes everything. That's another irritating thing. Jenny marries a rich man, and the world's her oyster. She doesn't change as a person, but everyone's idea of her alters. The women in church talk out of both sides of their mouth--"I'm sorry I didn't call on you when you were married, but now we'll be best friends"; things to that effect. Also aggravating is the way older films punish the bad characters. Jenny gets punished no less than twice, and both are irreversible. To use a title from the silent version of "The Ten Commandments"--"If you break the Ten Commandments, they will break you." Jenny didn't deserve to be broken.


17 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 46 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed