The Strange Woman

The Strange Woman

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer Cast: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward

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Overview

B-movie auteur Edgar G. Ulmer managed to direct a few A-pictures during his long career; he was personally selected by Hedy Lamarr to helm this big-budget thriller, a project she put together to change her image as a starlet whose sex appeal outweighed her acting abilities. Set in the early 19th century, The Strange Woman takes place in Bangor, Maine, where logging and lumber mills have made the town prosperous. Jenny Hager (Lamarr) has grown up in Bangor, not far from the watchful eye of wealthy Isaiah Poster (Gene Lockhart). The fact that Jenny is twenty years Isaiah's junior does not stem his amorous intentions, and when she's finally out of her teens, Jenny accepts his proposal of marriage. But beneath her sweet exterior, Jenny is a shrewd, conniving women, and while she makes a fine life for herself with Isaiah's money, she obviously doesn't care for him. When Isaiah's son Ephraim (Louis Hayward) visits from college, Jenny is immediately attracted to him, and she tells him that she'll marry him if he murders his father. But, unknown to Ephraim, Jenny is already scheming to win the affections of businessman John Evered (George Sanders), even though he's pledged to marry her best friend Meg (Hillary Brooke). Based on a novel by Ben Ames Williams, The Strange Woman was generally considered one of Hedy Lamarr's best performances, although her best-known performance would continue to be in Ecstasy (1933), largely because of her then-daring nude scenes.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/2018
UPC: 0885444727382
Original Release: 1946
Source: Film Detective
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 18,109

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hedy Lamarr Jenny Hager
George Sanders John Evered
Louis Hayward Ephraim Poster
Gene Lockhart Isaiah Poster
Hillary Brooke Meg Saladine
June Storey Lena Tempest
Rhys Williams Deacon Adams
Moroni Olsen Rev. Thatcher
Olive Blakeney Mrs. Hollis
Dennis Hoey Tim Hager
Alan Napier Judge Saladine
Ian Keith Lincoln Partridge
Edward Biby Mr. Partridge
Katherine York Miss Partridge
Jessie Arnold Actor

Technical Credits
Edgar G. Ulmer Director
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Jack Chertok Producer
Carmen Dragon Score Composer
Herb Meadow Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
Nicolai Remisoff Art Director
Joe Stinton Makeup
Natalie Visart Costumes/Costume Designer

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