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Wicked Woman (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 9 December 1953 (USA)
Drifting floozy Billie Nash gets a bar job where she seduces the owner's husband by convincing him to defraud his drunkard wife in order to elope together to Mexico but a sleazy neighbor with designs on Billie jeopardizes her plans.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Clarence Greene (written for the screen by), Russell Rouse (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Beverly Michaels ... Billie Nash
Richard Egan ... Matt Bannister
Percy Helton ... Charlie Borg
Evelyn Scott Evelyn Scott ... Dora Bannister
Robert Osterloh ... Larry Lowry
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Gus
Frank Ferguson ... Bill Porter
Bernadene Hayes ... Mrs. Walters
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A blonde floozy drifts into town and gets a job as a waitress at a local bar. She sets her sights on the bar's handsome owner, who is married to an alcoholic. Her plans are for the two of them to take the bar's money and skip to Mexico - but a boarder at the rooming house where she is staying discovers her plans, and comes up with a plan of his own. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free and Easy See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Goofs

As Matt Bannister steps into Bille's room to assault her, you can see the bald head of someone pass out of the doorway, presumably Charlie Borg. But when the camera pans left, Borg is still standing on the far side of the bed. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Walters: I run a respectable place!
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Connections

Referenced in Not as a Stranger (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

One Night in Acapulco
by Buddy Baker and Joseph Mullendore (as Joe Mullendore)
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"Young Ones Like 'em Young, Older Ones Like 'em Even Younger"
19 July 2010 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

WICKED WOMAN is an essential "bad girl" B movie of the 1950's. Beverly Michaels was the first blonde to crack this market that decade and while she never reached the public fame and popularity of the slightly later Cleo Moore and Mamie Van Doren, she's one of the genre's major divas even with her tiny filmography. Michaels is at her bad girl best in WICKED WOMAN as Billie Nash, who blows into town with a mysterious past and no references, ending up in a cheap furnished room boarding house. Billie quickly vamps one of her neighbors Percy Helton into sharing his steaks, "loans", and a reference when she applies for a job at a local bar. Owner Evelyn Scott is dubious but agrees to give the girl a break. That first night Michaels meets Scott's hunky, slightly younger husband Richard Egan and all her gratitude toward Scott is forgotten as she quickly sets her trap to seduce Egan - and persuade him to sell the bar (which was Scott's to begin with) out from under Scott without her knowledge and for them to make a getaway to Mexico with the loot.

The cast is sensational for a B movie. Michaels is superb as the tough blonde who can get even tougher when in a foul mood or cornered. Richard Egan, just before his brief stint as a leading man/star in major motion pictures, is excellent as the good husband who can be had; it's a pleasure to see a sexy B movie bad girl have a hunky, sexy leading man which wasn't often the case. (Egan also appears to be the only person in the cast taller than the 5'9" Michaels, who towers over nearly every other costar.)

Evelyn Scott is terrific as well as a bloozy-floozy Myrna Loy-lookalike and there is a sensational featured turn from Percy Hilton, a highly distinct and recognizable character actor of the era who generally played bits on television as a sheepish but lovable nerd; here Percy is still the sheepish imp but able to be just as sleazy and predatory as those who cross his path. This is a truly fascinating look at the clawing and desperation of very-low income 1950's with dumpy, sparsely furnished rooms and one bathroom per floor in the boarding house.

The ending, as another reviewer noted, is a misfire alas and as someone else mentioned, a plot twist one is expecting never develops. Still, WICKED WOMAN is well worth tracking down (it can currently be seen on youtube) for a rare chance to see Beverly Michaels at her "baddest" best.


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