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Wicked As They Come

Wicked As They Come(1957)

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The working title of this film was Portrait in Smoke. According to a May 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, the film rights to Bill Ballinger's novel were originally purchased by J. Arthur Rank. The picture was shot at the Nettlefold Studios at Walton-on-Thames, England. According to May 1957 Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter news items, Arlene Dahl, who played "Kathy" in the film, sued Columbia for one million dollars for using "lewd, lascivious and obscene" advertising materials to promote the film. Dahl specifically objected to a composite photograph depicting a man kissing her on the shoulder. Although news items indicate that the judge in the case did not appear to be sympathetic to Dahl's argument, the outcome of the suit is unknown.