A Woman's Secret
|A Woman's Secret|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nicholas Ray|
|Produced by||Herman J. Mankiewicz|
|Screenplay by||Herman J. Mankiewicz|
|Based on||the novel Mortgage on Life
by Vicki Baum
|Music by||Friedrich Hollaender|
|Cinematography||George E. Diskant|
|Editing by||Sherman Todd|
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
|Running time||84 minutes|
In a story told in a series of flashbacks, singer Marian Washburn (Maureen O'Hara) loses her voice. Aided by her piano player, Luke Jordan (Melvyn Douglas), they promote a young singer Susan Caldwell (Gloria Grahame). When Susan decides to quit the business, she is shot and seriously wounded. Marian is charged.
- Maureen O'Hara as Marian Washburn
- Melvyn Douglas as Luke Jordan
- Gloria Grahame as Susan Caldwell / Estrellita
- Bill Williams as Lee Crenshaw
- Victor Jory as Brook Matthews
- Mary Philips as Mrs. Mary Fowler
- Jay C. Flippen as Police Insp. Jim Fowler
- Robert Warwick as Assistant District Attorney Roberts
- Curt Conway as Doctor
- Ann Shoemaker as Mrs. Matthews, Brook's Mother
- Virginia Farmer as Mollie the Washburn Maid
- Ellen Corby as Nurse who reads paper to Susan
- Emory Parnell as Police Lieutenant at Desk
The film recorded a loss of $760,000.
When the film was released, the staff at Variety magazine gave the film a mixed review, writing, "There's too much unintended mystery about A Woman's Secret for it to be anything but spotty entertainment ... O’Hara gives a straightforward account of herself. Grahame carries handicap of bad makeup and unbecoming hairdress, and Douglas is too coy as the piano-playing friend. Flippen is topnotch as the detective, lifting his scenes, as does Mary Phillips as his amateur private-eye wife."
More recently, film critic Dennis Schwartz, panned the film, writing, "Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause/In a Lonely Place/Born to Be Bad) takes a routine 'woman's pic' and turns it into a somewhat oddly diverting noir film by using a few of his perverse touches to liven up the dry story. Though made before Ray's 'official' debut feature They Live by Night, A Woman's Secret was released afterward (new RKO studio boss Howard Hughes held up the release date for no apparent reason, but when released the film lost money as it failed to capitalize on Gloria Grahame's current career momentum which quickly faded) ... In the end, things get untangled. But it's resolved in such a half-hearted and unconvincing way, that the tidied up gem of a mess still gives off an awful stink."
- A Woman's Secret at the Internet Movie Database.
- Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p235
- Veriety, film review, 1949. Accessed: July 12, 2013.
- Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, March, 28, 2008. Accessed: July 12, 2013.
- A Woman's Secret at the Internet Movie Database
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