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The Strange Woman

Based on the Ben Ames Willliam best-seller, story deals with strongwilled Jenny Hager who uses men for personal pleasure and as stepping stones to wealth. It's told against a background of Bangor, Maine, in the 1840s, itself a lusty, brawling town in the throes of growing pains. Settings and costumes present a seemingly authentic picture of the period.

With:
Hedy Lamarr George Sanders Louis Hayward Gene Lockhart Hillary Brooke June Storey

Based on the Ben Ames Willliam best-seller, story deals with strongwilled Jenny Hager who uses men for personal pleasure and as stepping stones to wealth. It’s told against a background of Bangor, Maine, in the 1840s, itself a lusty, brawling town in the throes of growing pains. Settings and costumes present a seemingly authentic picture of the period.

Hedy Lamarr scores as the scheming Hager. Two-sided character obtains plenty of realism in her hands. Her capacity of appearing as a tender, ministering angel and of mirroring sadistic satisfaction in the midst of violence bespeaks wide talent range.

Not so adept are her male co-stars, although Louis Hayward gets across the weakling son of Hager’s first husband who is finally driven to suicide by the evil woman. George Sanders is out of his depths as a shy, backwoods character who becomes Lamarr’s second husband.

The Strange Woman

Production: United Artists. Director Edgar G. Ulmer; Producer Hunt Stromberg; Screenplay Herb Meadow; Camera Lucien Andriot; Editor James E. Newcom, John Foley, Richard G. Wray; Music Carmen Dragon; Art Director Nicolai Remisoff

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Hedy Lamarr George Sanders Louis Hayward Gene Lockhart Hillary Brooke June Storey

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