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A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 14 May 1948 (Mexico)
A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (screenplay), Aldous Huxley (short story "The Gioconda Smile")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Henry Maurier
Ann Blyth ... Doris Mead
Jessica Tandy ... Janet Spence
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. James Libbard
Mildred Natwick ... Nurse Caroline Braddock
Cecil Humphreys Cecil Humphreys ... General Spence
Hugh French ... Robert Lester
Rachel Kempson ... Emily Maurier
Valerie Cardew Valerie Cardew ... Clara
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Leslie Blake
John Williams ... Prosecuting Counsel
Leyland Hodgson ... First Warder
Ola Lorraine Ola Lorraine ... Maisey
Harry Cording ... Chauffeur McNabb
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Storyline

Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic heart disease, and Henry promptly marries Doris, to the chagrin of neighbor Janet Spence, who loves him. When a post-mortem shows that Emily's death was precipitated by arsenic, Henry is placed on trial for his life. But is he guilty? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gioconda Smile See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 13, 1949 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Libbard: Some women cry as easily as a pig grunts. And enjoy it very nearly as much.
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Connections

Version of Das Lächeln der Gioconda (1966) See more »

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One of Jessica Tandy's best!
1 January 2004 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

This movie provides some interesting character studies by Aldous Huxley. Charles Boyer portrays Henry, a not very likeable husband to an invalid wife,Emily (Rachel Kempson). He has a very young mistress on the side, Doris, played by Ann Blythe. On the sidelines stands Janet, played by Jessica Tandy, whom Henry flirts with as a matter of course, but she takes it all very seriously and is in love with him. When Emily is murdered, Henry is arrested and sentenced to death by hanging. The second half of the movie deals with the secrets underlying Emily's death. Very well done with one flaw. Ann Blythe seems to start out in the movie as a selfish, manipulative young mistress and her transformation to a caring wife seems a bit of a stretch. Mildred Natwick is superb as a nosy nurse as is Cedric Hardwicke as a doctor who just about effortlessly steals every scene he is in. A true pro. 8 out of 10.


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