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The Secret Fury (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 21 February 1950 (USA)
A woman preparing to marry her fiance is accused of bigamy by a stranger but she fights back by trying to prove she's the victim of a conspiracy designed to discredit her.

Director:

Mel Ferrer

Writers:

Lionel Houser, Jack Leonard (story) (as Jack R. Leonard) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Ellen R. Ewing
Robert Ryan ... David McLean
Jane Cowl ... Aunt Clara Ewing
Paul Kelly ... District Attorney Eric Lowell
Philip Ober ... Gregory Kent
Elisabeth Risdon ... Dr. Twining
Doris Dudley Doris Dudley ... Pearl Collins
Dave Barbour Dave Barbour ... Lucian Randall
Vivian Vance ... Leah
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Storyline

During the ceremony marrying Ellen and David, a stranger stands up when that phrase "if anyone knows why these two may not be joined..." is spoken. The stranger announces that Ellen is already married. Ellen however insists she is not, and the strain of proving she is telling the truth pushes her mind towards a breakdown and results in the death of the man she has supposedly already married (among others.) Ellen is charged with this death. But David believes in her innocence and sets out to uncover the conspiracy and the reason behind it. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Could she kill and kiss and not remember? See more »


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Spot See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first film Vivian Vance appeared in since Take a Chance (1933). See more »

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As Ellen is being chased by Kent at the end of the film, the pistol is in her left hand, but as she gets to the door which leads to the attic, the pistol is in her right hand, and remains so throughout. See more »

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Referenced in Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) See more »

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Intriguing drama
2 February 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Claudette Colbert is a wealthy woman driven to near insanity in "The Secret Fury," also starring Robert Ryan and Jane Cowl. On her wedding day, a man appears who claims that an heiress, Ellen (Colbert), is already married. An investigation ensues, and the evidence is against her. When her "husband" is murdered in her presence, she is put on trial.

This looked to me like a B movie, and it made for very compelling watching. My only quibble with it - and it's not a minor one - is that I was very disappointed with the ending. The motive for the crime seemed preposterous.

Robert Ryan plays Ellen's fiancé, and it's a different role for him. Here he's heroic and likable rather than villainous.

One of the most interesting things about the film is Vivian Vance in a small but showy role. She's excellent as a hotel maid who recognizes Ellen and verifies that she was indeed married before. It was a treat to see her do something besides Ethel Mertz.

Claudette Colbert is very good as the troubled woman. She's not a natural fit for the role, being more at home in comedy, but she makes it work. She's very believable as an older woman seeking happiness only to have it snatched from her at the last minute.

Mel Ferrer directed this very well, and I recommend it, though I wasn't crazy about the ending.


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