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The Wicked Lady

1946 1h 44m Adventure List
38% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 78% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In 17th-century England, Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) lives a privileged yet humdrum life as the wife of well-heeled landowner Sir Ralph Skelton (Griffith Jones). To stave off boredom, Barbara begins impersonating famed highway robber Capt. Jerry Jackson, stealing precious jewels and valuables from coach passengers. A chance encounter with the actual Jackson (James Mason) propels Barbara into a dangerous double life with potentially lethal consequences. Read More Read Less

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James Agee TIME Magazine Amid the romantic highwaymen, secret passages and poisoned elderberry wine, the bogus sentiments expressed by the actors are a perfect match for the bogus look of their hair pieces. Jun 15, 2015 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Producers claim that this story is 'set in the days of Charles II'. Sets, costumes and a comely bunch of femmes bear out the claim. But the period atmosphere is not convincing. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Paul Taylor Time Out Former critic and screenwriter Arliss [is] the unfortunate director having to contend with the recalcitrant mechanics of Lime Grove studio ruralism. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Aurelio Pego Cine-Mundial The film is enveloped in realism and visual frankness. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 9, 2019 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com Filled with silly twists and overwrought melodrama, it has a distinctive sensibility, two charismatic anti-heroes who invest their roles with personality and energy, and a stylized, unreal flamboyance that keeps them lively. Mar 24, 2016 Full Review TV Guide This lushly costumed drama is surprisingly boring, but Mason stands out with his swagger and gusto while the rest of the cast members are sadly unconvincing. Rated: 1.5/5 Jun 15, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Tom M Lockwood plays the title character well, convincing the viewer of how wicked she really is. She's the perfect choice for the role ; men fall in love with her at first sight. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/21 Full Review Audience Member A TRUE MASTERPIECE!!!!!!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A charming little tale of an incredibly dislike able heroine Barbara played by the immortal British Screen Actor Margaret Lockwood. Basically the epitome of sin one of the screen most wicked & deceitful characters a unique stray from the role's she usually played. The acts of Barbara are interesting but it's you desire to see whats coming to her is the main draw. Supported wonderfully by James Mason who is as much of a devil as she is. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This woman is a stone-cold bitch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Holy Melodrama Batman Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I've watched this film many times, James Mason is ever so dashing, Ralph is insipid, Barbara is a right cow but the only thing I can really pick on is that it's not in colour. The acting isn't all that great, but for the time it did marvellous things for the UK in a trying time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 17th-century England, Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) lives a privileged yet humdrum life as the wife of well-heeled landowner Sir Ralph Skelton (Griffith Jones). To stave off boredom, Barbara begins impersonating famed highway robber Capt. Jerry Jackson, stealing precious jewels and valuables from coach passengers. A chance encounter with the actual Jackson (James Mason) propels Barbara into a dangerous double life with potentially lethal consequences.
Director
Leslie Arliss
Producer
R.J. Minney
Production Co
Gainsborough Pictures
Genre
Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 17, 2017
Runtime
1h 44m
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