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A Woman's Secret(1949)

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The working titles of this film were Mortgage on Life and The Long Denial. Modern sources note that RKO head Howard Hughes chose the final title. Vicki Baum's novel was serialized in Collier's magazine under the title The Long Denial between 1 June and June 22, 1946. A Woman's Secret marked producer/writer Herman J. Mankiewicz's first screen credit after a four-year drought. Although this film was shot after director Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night (see entry above), it was released before his debut picture. Ray married star Gloria Grahame on June 1, 1948. (Modern sources add that Grahame met Ray during this film's production and was four months pregnant at the time of their marriage.) Jay C. Flippen, who played "Inspector Fowler" in the picture, was Ray's best man at the civil ceremony, according to modern sources. Ray and Grahame divorced in 1952. A contemporary source indicates that Kay Lorraine dubbed Grahame's singing. RKO borrowed Maureen O'Hara for the production. Modern sources add the following additional information about the production: Jacques Tourneur was first assigned to direct the picture, but turned the film down because of scheduling pressures. After a preview of the film, Ray shot a new scene, featuring "Susan" in her hospital room. The film was budgeted at $853,000 and lost $760,000 at the box office.