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The Strange Woman

1946 1h 40m Drama List
40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 50% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Isaiah (Gene Lockhart), a 19th-century businessman, has his eye on the beautiful and very young Jenny (Hedy Lamarr). Finally of age, she accepts his marriage proposal, but their love affair quickly turns sour. Ephraim (Louis Hayward), Isaiah's college-age son, comes for a visit, immediately striking up a chemistry with Jenny. She promises marriage -- if he murders his father first. But Jenny also swoons for John (George Sanders), the fiancé of her best friend, Meg (Hillary Brooke). Read More Read Less

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Phil Hall Film Threat The production is strange, but for the wrong reasons. Rated: 2/5 Aug 8, 2014 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Despite its higher budget and starrier cast, the tale is no less mad than Ulmer's Skid Row hallucinations Feb 11, 2013 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Grim look at an evil femme fatale and the men she lures into murder, it is far from Ulmer's best. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 21, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Should suit the many fans of Hedy Lamarr. Rated: C+ Jan 16, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Martin B Only one woman could have played that role and she did. Hedy Lamarr, married so many times briefly the reason being she was too complex and too brilliant for most men to keep up. In this roll she was as strange as she was in life. Sensitive and generous one minute, then snaps into the iron willed calculating woman sure of herself in another. A cauldron of different emotions and behaviors manifesting as different people at different times with different motives but each authentic at the time it's displayed. They had to make her regretful and die in the end for the sake of the plot but Heddy Lamar would never be regretful and certainly would never have died young being reckless over a man. Movie goers in that era did not particularly like complex, ambiguous characters. This character was not all good nor bad. This movie under rated mainly because people don't understand the complex woman Lamar was and how much she resembled her character in real life excluding the last part. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Jack S A slow moving melodrama that benefits from a strong turn by a luminous Lamarr, who clearly relishes portraying such driven, manipulative characters. A great supporting cast provides typically solid support, but it's unfortunately all in the service of a rather dreary and depressing soap opera. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member While this film doesn't necessarily feel like a film noir, Hedy Lamarr is a revelation as a femme fatale and the film kept me guessing until the end. Terrific hidden gem. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Jessica C This woman is not strange, this woman is straight up rude and vile. She was really getting on my nerves. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 10/07/20 Full Review kevin w Edgar G. Ulmer directs this unusual cautionary tale about what can happen should a beautiful girl grow up without a mother = she can become a shrewd and evil manipulator of men. Hedy Lemarr is great as a bad, bad " I don't want to be bad" woman in this dark tale, aided by a steady George Sanders as a "good" guy (for a change). Louis Hayward and Gene Lockhart are a surprise too, all given a chance to shine outside of the typical formulaic Hollywood roles usually assigned them, to stretch and play characters totally different than the cash cow cliches Hollywood endorsed. An interesting watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Hedy Lamarr is so irresistible and twisted in the movie that fulls it completely. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Isaiah (Gene Lockhart), a 19th-century businessman, has his eye on the beautiful and very young Jenny (Hedy Lamarr). Finally of age, she accepts his marriage proposal, but their love affair quickly turns sour. Ephraim (Louis Hayward), Isaiah's college-age son, comes for a visit, immediately striking up a chemistry with Jenny. She promises marriage -- if he murders his father first. But Jenny also swoons for John (George Sanders), the fiancé of her best friend, Meg (Hillary Brooke).
Director
Edgar G. Ulmer
Producer
Jack Chertok
Production Co
Hunt Stromberg Productions, Mars Film Corporation
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 30, 2016
Runtime
1h 40m
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