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Born to Be Bad

Born to Be Bad

Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
, Zachary Scott
Zachary Scott
Nicholas Ray
Born to Be Bad

Born to Be Bad

Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
, Zachary Scott
Zachary Scott
Nicholas Ray

DVD (Full Frame)

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One of the most oft-revived of the pre-Technicolor Nicholas Ray efforts, Born to Be Bad offers us the spectacle of Joan Fontaine portraying a character described as "a cross between Lucrezia Borgia and Peg O' My Heart." For the benefit of her wealthy husband Zachary Scott and his family, Fontaine adopts a facade of wide-eyed sweetness. Bored with her hubby, she inaugurates a romance with novelist Robert Ryan. All her carefully crafted calculations come acropper when both men discover that she's a bitch among bitches. She might have gotten away with all her machinations, but the censors said uh-uh. Originally slated for filming in 1946, with Henry Fonda scheduled to play the Robert Ryan part, Born to Bad was cancelled, then resurfaced as Bed as Roses in 1948, this time with Barbara Bel Geddes in the Fontaine role. RKO head Howard Hughes' decision to replace Bel Geddes with the more bankable Fontaine was one of the reasons that producer Dore Schary left RKO in favor of MGM. Based on Anne Parrish's novel All Kneeling, Born to be Bad is so overheated at times that it threatens to lapse into self-parody; though this never happens, the film was the basis for one of TV star Carol Burnett's funniest and most devastating movie takeoffs, Raised to be Rotten.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2012
UPC: 0883316574881
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 30,449

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Fontaine Christabel Caine
Robert Ryan Nick
Zachary Scott Curtis
Joan Leslie Donna
Mel Ferrer Gobby
Harold Vermilyea John Caine
Virginia Farmer Aunt Clara
Kathleen Howard Mrs. Bolton
Dick Ryan Arthur
Bess Flowers Mrs. Worthington
Joy Hallward Mrs. Porter
Hazel Boyne Committee Woman
Irving Bacon Jewelry Salesman
Gordon Oliver Lawyer
Sam Lufkin Taxi Driver
Bobby Johnson Kenneth
Peggy Leon Caine's Secretary
Ray Johnson Guest
John Mitchum Guest
Jack Chefe Man
Barry Brooks Man
Al Murphy Man
Ann Burr Schoolgirl
Frank Arnold Man at Art Gallery
Sam Harris Old Man at Ball
Homer Dickenson Art Gallery Attendant
Donald Dillaway Photographer

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Phil Brigandi Sound/Sound Designer
Albert S. D'Agostino Production Designer
Fred Fleck Asst. Director
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Jack Okey Production Designer
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Sid Rogell Executive Producer
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Soderberg Screenwriter
Edith R. Sommer Screenwriter
Robert Sparks Producer
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer

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