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      Born to Be Bad

      1950, Drama, 1h 34m

      6 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      Christabel Caine (Joan Fontaine) has the face of angel and the heart of a swamp rat. She'll step on anyone to get what she wants, including her own family. A master of manipulation, she covertly breaks off the engagement of her trusting cousin, Donna (Joan Leslie), to her fabulously wealthy beau, Curtis Carey (Zachary Scott). Once married to Curtis herself, Christabel continues her affair with novelist Nick Bradley (Robert Ryan), who knows she's evil, but loves her anyway.

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Nicholas Ray

      • Producer: Robert Sparks

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Production Co: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

      Cast & Crew

      Joan Fontaine
      Robert Ryan
      Zachary Scott
      Joan Leslie
      Mel Ferrer
      Virginia Farmer
      Bess Flowers
      Joy Hallward
      Hazel Boyne
      Irving Bacon

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      • Oct 16, 2021

        Joan Fontaine's portrayal of Christabel should serve as the Hollywood archetype for the scheming, money hungry, and social-standing obsessed figure. Try and watch the version with the Howard Hughes third act.

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      • Jun 26, 2013

        Joan is in her viper mode here and the film is enjoyable but the ending is a letdown.

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