The Wicked Lady


1h 44m 1945
The Wicked Lady

Brief Synopsis

A married woman finds new thrills as a masked robber on the highways.

Film Details

Also Known As
Wicked Lady
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Historical
Release Date
1945

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono (British Acoustic)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Set in 17th-century England, a noblewoman moonlights as a highway robber.

Film Details

Also Known As
Wicked Lady
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Historical
Release Date
1945

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono (British Acoustic)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Articles

The Wicked Lady (1945)


17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom. Her next exploit is to recover gambling losses by donning mask and cloak and taking to the roads as a highwayman! The thrill of these ventures proves addictive...especially when she meets a male highwayman who becomes her lover. Together, the two desperados lead a gay secret life, pursued by the local magistrate Sir Ralph Skelton...Barbara's husband! To what further crimes will the wicked Lady Skelton descend?

Producer: R.J. Minney
Director: Leslie Arliss
Screenplay: Leslie Arliss; Gordon Glennon, Aimee Stuart (additional dialogue); Magdalen King-Hall (novel "The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton")
Cinematography: Jack Cox
Art Direction: John Bryan
Film Editing: Terence Fisher
Cast: Margaret Lockwood (Barbara Worth), James Mason (Capt. Jerry Jackson), Patricia Roc (Caroline), Griffith Jones (Sir Ralph Skelton), Michael Rennie (Kit Locksby), Felix Aylmer (Hogarth), Enid Stamp Taylor (Lady Henrietta Kingsclere), Francis Lister (Lord Kingsclere), Beatrice Varley (Aunt Moll), Amy Dalby (Aunt Doll), Martita Hunt (Cousin Agatha), David Horne (Martin Worth), Emrys Jones (Ned Cotterill), Helen Goss (Mistress Betsy), Muriel Aked (Mrs. Munce), Aubrey Mallalieu (Doctor), Ivor Barnard (Clergyman).
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The Wicked Lady (1945)

The Wicked Lady (1945)

17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom. Her next exploit is to recover gambling losses by donning mask and cloak and taking to the roads as a highwayman! The thrill of these ventures proves addictive...especially when she meets a male highwayman who becomes her lover. Together, the two desperados lead a gay secret life, pursued by the local magistrate Sir Ralph Skelton...Barbara's husband! To what further crimes will the wicked Lady Skelton descend? Producer: R.J. Minney Director: Leslie Arliss Screenplay: Leslie Arliss; Gordon Glennon, Aimee Stuart (additional dialogue); Magdalen King-Hall (novel "The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton") Cinematography: Jack Cox Art Direction: John Bryan Film Editing: Terence Fisher Cast: Margaret Lockwood (Barbara Worth), James Mason (Capt. Jerry Jackson), Patricia Roc (Caroline), Griffith Jones (Sir Ralph Skelton), Michael Rennie (Kit Locksby), Felix Aylmer (Hogarth), Enid Stamp Taylor (Lady Henrietta Kingsclere), Francis Lister (Lord Kingsclere), Beatrice Varley (Aunt Moll), Amy Dalby (Aunt Doll), Martita Hunt (Cousin Agatha), David Horne (Martin Worth), Emrys Jones (Ned Cotterill), Helen Goss (Mistress Betsy), Muriel Aked (Mrs. Munce), Aubrey Mallalieu (Doctor), Ivor Barnard (Clergyman). BW-104m.

Quotes

He's very lucky with the weather. Must be depressing to be hanged on a damp day.
- Lord Kingsclere
I never could resist anything that belonged to somebody else.
- Barbara Worth
Why did you shoot that horse? I'd rather kill a man any day.
- Barbara Worth
I hate cruelty.
- Caroline
That's unusual... in a woman.
- Kit Locksby

Trivia

This was the very first British film to be cut by Hollywood censors due to leading lady Margaret Lockwood's revealing cleavage

'Valerie White' was originally cast in the role of highwayman Capt. Jerry Jackson's doxy. The actress developed appendicitis and Jean Kent took over the part. The first scene in which the character appears, Lockwood breaks into the room and Mason's in bed with her, we only actually see her back, and it is White's back we see.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1983

Re-released in England in 1949.

Released in United States 1983 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (British Film Institute: A 50th Anniversary Tribute) April 13 - May 1, 1983.)