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      Black Widow

      Released Oct 28, 1954 1h 35m Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score 250+ Ratings At a party, Broadway producer Peter Denver (Van Heflin) meets Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner), a young writer struggling to make it in New York City. Taking pity on her, Denver offers Nancy his apartment as a place to write while his wife, Iris (Gene Tierney), is away. Shortly after, Nancy is found dead in his bathroom, apparently murdered, and Denver is, of course, the main suspect. As rumors swirl about his involvement with Nancy, Denver decides to search for her killer himself. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a watchable and surprisingly compelling piece of work... Rated: 3/4 Sep 22, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Black Widow has suffered from a mangy reputation over the decades, but it's actually a kicky murder-mystery. Rated: 3/4 Dec 21, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A gruesome murder leads it down a procedural police investigation path and takes the starch out of it. Rated: C+ Jul 5, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      nick s Well acted and directed. The whodunnit was a little muddled, some character actions were questionable and a lot of exposition was dished up near the end. Much like an Agatha Christie plot. But overall it was entertaining. Just needs a little patience at the start as it takes a while to warm up. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/24 Full Review Steve D Only notable for Ginger. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/27/23 Full Review Stu B Hotshot Broadway producer Van Heflin meets a pretty young writer at a party and--while his wife is out-of-town--offers her the use of his New York apartment as a place to ply her trade. When the girl turns up dead in the bathroom, and the police decide that she was murdered (despite earlier indications to the contrary), Heflin becomes the number one suspect, and begins hightailing it all over town. The images aren't very noir-ish--the film is shot in color, for one thing (and what an attractive palette it is)--but the plot certainly fits the bill, the acting is terrific, and the Big Reveal is as twisty as they come. A nifty little whodunit. Worth seeing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Some spotty clever dialogue here and there, but the pacing is terrible. I sense it was trying to be another "All About Eve" but clearly missed. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review deke p 1954!! Gene tierney especially, & older Ginger rodgers both glookn. Pregnant gal threatend blackmail, before science could prove paternity. Denouement is detective ferreting out truth in room full of suspects. Not sure why they called it BLACK WIDOW. saw most of it 7.2019 on tv. Saw last part again on Movies channel, 12.26.2021. Raising my rating from too low 2 1/2 stars to at least 3 1/2 'good, i recommend it Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This film did have me guessing but...film felt "off" in many ways. It should have been shot in black and white...that would have helped set the tone perhaps. If this just comes on and you want a mystery from the 50's it will work but it is nothing to get too excited about.. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis At a party, Broadway producer Peter Denver (Van Heflin) meets Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner), a young writer struggling to make it in New York City. Taking pity on her, Denver offers Nancy his apartment as a place to write while his wife, Iris (Gene Tierney), is away. Shortly after, Nancy is found dead in his bathroom, apparently murdered, and Denver is, of course, the main suspect. As rumors swirl about his involvement with Nancy, Denver decides to search for her killer himself.
      Director
      Nunnally Johnson
      Producer
      Nunnally Johnson
      Screenwriter
      Nunnally Johnson
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 28, 1954, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 6, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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