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The Unholy Wife (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1957 (USA)
A gold-digger floozy marries a wealthy wine producer but she secretly takes a young lover with whom she conspires to murder her husband for his fortune.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screenplay), William Durkee (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Diana Dors ... Phyllis Hochen
Rod Steiger ... Paul Hochen
Tom Tryon ... San Sanders
Beulah Bondi ... Emma Hochen
Marie Windsor ... Gwen
Arthur Franz ... Father Stephen Hochen
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Ezra Benton
Joe De Santis ... Gino Verdugo
Argentina Brunetti ... Theresa
Steve Pendleton ... Deputy Bob Watkins
Douglas Spencer ... Judge
Gary Hunley Gary Hunley ... Michael
James Burke ... Sheriff Tom Watling
Tol Avery ... Dist. Atty. Carl Kramer
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Storyline

Wealthy vintner Paul Hochen meets blonde bombshell Phyllis in a bar...and marries her. In due course, Phyllis is bored by Paul, and finds an exciting new lover in rodeo rider San. To adjust matters, she forms a murderous scheme, which seems to be going wrong...or is it? Will irony intervene in time to thwart a seemingly perfect crime? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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HALF-ANGEL......HALF-DEVIL, she made him HALF-A-MAN! ...she flaunted his hopes, taunted his dreams, turned his peaceful valley into a volcano of seething passions that even murder could not stem! (original poster)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Prowler See more »

Filming Locations:

Napa Valley, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Made by RKO in the fall of 1956. This film was distributed by Universal as RKO had ceased all operations by the end of January 1957. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 10 Attitudes (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

ONE FOR MY BABY (AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD)
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Definitely Worth Viewing
11 May 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

This movie is interesting -- which puts it light years ahead of most films.

It has some real problems, but the acting is believable. Advertised liked a B-movie, but with all the melodrama of a major Hollywood barnburner, Dors, Steiger, and Bondi play their roles with perfection. This one is worth viewing.


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