A Woman's Secret

A Woman's Secret

Maureen O'Hara
Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
, Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
, Gloria Grahame
Gloria Grahame
Nicholas Ray

DVD (Full Frame)

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Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz adopts the same prismatic-flashback technique he'd used so well in Citizen Kane for the 1949 filmic soap opera A Woman's Secret. Based on a novel by Vicki (Grand Hotel) Baum, the film begins with the shooting of nightclub singer Susan Caldwell (Gloria Grahame). Marian Washburn (Maureen O'Hara), who'd coached Susan into the Big Time, confesses to the shooting. Neither Marian's piano-player friend Luke Jordan (Melvyn Douglas) nor police inspector Fowler (Jay C. Flippen) completely buy her story, and it is their probing investigation of the facts that sparks the flashback parade. The film details in sometimes clever, sometimes maudlin fashion the perils of living one's life vicariously through the accomplishments of others. Though filmed before director Nicholas Ray's "official" debut feature They Live by Night, A Woman's Secret was released afterward.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
UPC: 0883316574065
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 30,745

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Hara Marian Washburn
Melvyn Douglas Luke Jordan
Gloria Grahame Susan Caldwell
Bill Williams Lee
Victor Jory Brook Matthews
Jay C. Flippen Det. Fowler
Mary Philips Mrs. Fowler
Robert Warwick Roberts
Curt Conway Doctor
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Matthews
Virginia Farmer Mollie
Ellen Corby Nurse
Emory Parnell Desk Sergeant
Lorelei Vitek Waitress
Frederic Nay Master of Ceremonies
Evelyn Underwood Girl
Ralph Stein Mr. Harris
Guy Beach Policeman
Conrad Binyon Messenger Boy
Oliver Blake Mr. Pierson
Raymond Bond Dr. Ferris
Eddie Borden Waiter
Tom Coleman Policeman
Bert Davidson Radio Director
George Douglas Policeman
Dan Foster Stage Manager
Paul Guilfoyle Moderator
Alvin Hammer Fred
John Laing Radio Announcer
Robert Malcolm Bit
Rory Mallinson Benson
Frank Marlowe Whitey
Alphonse Martell Waiter
Ralph Montgomery Photographer
Forbes Murray Mr. Emory
Norman Nesbitt Announcer
John Parrish Prof. Camelli
Lee Phelps Policeman
Mickey Simpson Policeman
Charles Wagenheim Piano player
Lynn Whitney Actress
John W. Goldsworthy Harold

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Nacio Herb Brown Songwriter
Carroll Clark Art Director
Gordon Clifford Songwriter
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
George E. Diskant Cinematographer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Herman Mankiewicz Producer,Screenwriter
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Sarver Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Sherman Todd Editor
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
A. Earl Wolcott Sound/Sound Designer

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