- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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a woman's secret
- kevin sellers
The story's not very interesting (Singer loses her voice and plays Svengali to another singer. Wake me when it's over.) The great Herman Mankewiecz's writing is too jokey, the great Nicholas Ray's directing is merely ok (with zero visual interest) and the acting's hit and miss. Gloria Graham is solid, as usual, as an irresponsible but talented chanteuse. Melvyn Douglas is channelling William Powell and not doing a very good job of it. Maureen O'Hara, as usual, is saving her good acting for John Ford. And Mary Phillips is downright annoying as the buttinsky police commish's wife. You really want to tell her to go cook a roast or something, and let her husband (well played by the good character actor, Jay C Flippen) do his goddamn job. (Sorry for the male chauvinism, but overly cute acting REALLY bugs me) Give it a C.
- dan perez
Loved the movie. My opinion was that Maureen O'hara's Character was in love with Gloria Graham's character. Maureen O'Hara felt threatened b Melvyn Douglas. The truth is Maureen shot Gloria. Gloria wanted to leave and end it. Besides Nicolas Ray is brilliant. He would direct something like this.
First of all, I did not get it when LM said O'Hara's character hated Grahame's character. It certainly seems she did her best to protect her and support her. Grahame's character was young and precocious and irresponsible. Susan (Grahame) was insecure and unstable and Marian (O'Hara) did her best to help her and keep her from harming herself. I also think it is unfair to judge H. Mankiewicz on this particular film. Nick Ray directed it, so in part, if it is flawed he shares some responsibility. Overall, I liked this film and I think many others have too.
a "Soundie" with Kay Lorraine
- John Burleigjh
Here, she sings "I Don't Want to Walk Without You": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw98ef4dcCg
- Katherine Bragg
You're both right about her rendition of Paradise. I was floored. Is there a copy anywhere?
Who Dubbed Gloria Grahame?
- John Burleigh
August MacKenzie is correct: the performance of "Paradise" is terrific. It is by a singer named Kaye (or Kay) Lorraine.
Who is the singer for Gloria.
- August MacKenzie
The best part of this interesting Ray Film is the song as sung by Gloria Grahame...who was she...fabulous...the song is "Paradise"....
Disappoints After a Tantalizing Opening
- John Burleigh
Those attracted to the possibilities of a collaboration between Nicholas Ray and Herman J. Mankiewicz will be disappointed by A Woman's Secret. Nothing else in the movie lives up to the snap-crackle, tantalizing opening ten minutes, which suggest all kinds of strange goings-on between Maureen O'Hara and Gloria Grahame. The rest of A Woman's Secret is a whodunnit explanation of what really happened that is conventional and predictable, albeit implausible, and throws cold water on the movie. There is some witty dialogue along the way, the scenes between O'Hara and Grahame (where Ray's touch is perhaps most apparent) have some sizzle, Grahame somehow remains charming throughout the movie, even though her character is quickly revealed to be fundamentally boring, and A Woman's Secret may get a few extra points for featuring an unreliable flashback a year before Stage Fright. But one cannot help being struck by Mankiewicz's decline in the 8 years since you know what.
Melvyn Douglas is a pip in this but...
- Steve S.
everyone else seems out of place and Nick Ray's direction is somewhat off-kilter.