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The Other Woman (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 December 1954 (USA)
A woman plots revenge on her former boss.

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writer:

Hugo Haas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Haas ... Walter Darman
Cleo Moore ... Sherry Steward
Lance Fuller ... Ronnie
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... Mrs. Lucille Darman
John Qualen ... Papasha
Jack Macy Jack Macy ... Charles Lester
Jan Arvan ... Police Inspector Collins
Karolee Kelly Karolee Kelly ... Marion
Mark Lowell Mark Lowell ... 2nd Assistant Director
Jan Englund Jan Englund ... Replacement Actress
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... 1st Assistant Director
Arthur Marshall Arthur Marshall ... Film Cutter
Sue Casey Sue Casey ... Script Girl
Melinda Markey Melinda Markey ... Actress
Sharon Dexter Sharon Dexter ... Party Guest
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Bit player Sherry Stewart gets miffed when director Walter Darman turns her down after she reads for a small part in his picture. She and her boy friend, Ronnie, devise a plan to lure Darman to her apartment, where she gives him a drugged drink. She tells Darman they had been intimate and blackmails him for $50,000. More than a little distracted by his situation, his wife senses something is wrong and he gets into a violent argument with his father-in-law who owns the producing company Darman works for, and discontinues the picture. Sherry informs Darman she is going to tell his wife all about them. Darman tells his secretary that he is going to work late and is not to be disturbed, sets the moviola runnings, and exits by the back door and hot-foots it to Sherry's apartment. He tries to reason with her but to no avail, and strangles her in a fit of rage. The crime is first blamed on peddler Papasha, but Police Inspector Collins thinks otherwise. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

... Every Man She Touched - She Destroyed!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Turmoil See more »

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Hugo Haas Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sherry is a very odd and troubled young lady....and vicious through and through!
26 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sherry Steward (Cleo Moore) is an aspiring actress and finally got a break...a very tiny part in a picture. However, she blows her few lines repeatedly and you cannot blame the director* for replacing her...especially after she loudly starts badmouthing him on the set! Despite this, she blames him for her problems. In other words, instead of learning from the incident or accepting any responsibility, she externalizes all her problems...and vows revenge. Clearly Sherry is a....well, IMDb won't let me use that word! But she sure is!

Sherry then comes up with a crazy scheme to discredit and ruin the director...talk about an overreaction! First, she manages to get the director to her apartment where she drugs him. Second, when he awakens she said that he's been intimate with her and was going to blackmail him. And, since he's a married man AND his father-in-law owns the company making his film, he's in a real bind! What's next? Well, she ends up putting this innocent man through hell, that's for sure!!

This is a very intriguing film. It has many film noir elements, though isn't exactly a noir picture. The plot is clearly very unique (though elements are a bit like the film "The Suspect", 1944) and Cleo Moore is simply terrific as an incredibly evil and vicious woman. And, Hugo Haas sure outdid himself, as he not only directed and wrote the film but actually stars in the film as the beleaguered director! All in all, very dark, exciting and original...and a film that should not be missed.


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