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A Woman's Secret
- Jalil Dorchester
The dialogue in this movie is so annoying, at times inappropriate for what happened is about to. some, unneeded to the advancing of the story. The story is furthered by chance, almost. Even Melvyn Douglas is a shadow of his former self and O'Hara, sitting around while others explain the whys and wherefores of her part as the suspect. It seems her confession was the plot and the rest of the movie was about taking it apart. If there had been one grain of thought behind the plot, the movie would have spent less time with frivolous conversation, supposition and Douglas whistling for cabs, and more time on revealing Grahame's character as selfish little bitch. Grahame is her usual annoyance for the viewer to watch. voice, even her lips like that of ventriloquist, who wants the viewer to believe someone, not her, is actually speaking the words. Inspector Fowler's wife is another of those characters with way too much dialogue, far too much immersion in the fact that she is a know-it-all, a bitty and nag of a wife, and not very interesting to plot or substance. The whole production seems a lot like a first-reading of the script, with little continuity and the timing out of sync. This movie should have been made with a director who had some idea of how to get from beginning to end without gimmickry, dialogue excesses. such as Mrs Fowler's part called for. and meaningless activities, such as Douglas breaking a phonograph record and asserting he did it because it made him feel better. I give this movie, two stars, barely. Everything, I have said, herein, could be the fault of bad editing, though, I doubt, that alone could have made this movie so bad.
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.