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A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (screenplay), Aldous Huxley (short story "The Gioconda Smile")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Henry Maurier
Ann Blyth ... Doris Mead
Jessica Tandy ... Janet Spence
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. James Libbard
Mildred Natwick ... Nurse Caroline Braddock
Cecil Humphreys Cecil Humphreys ... General Spence
Hugh French ... Robert Lester
Rachel Kempson ... Emily Maurier
Valerie Cardew Valerie Cardew ... Clara
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Leslie Blake
John Williams ... Prosecuting Counsel
Leyland Hodgson ... First Warder
Ola Lorraine Ola Lorraine ... Maisey
Harry Cording ... Chauffeur McNabb
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Storyline

Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic heart disease, and Henry promptly marries Doris, to the chagrin of neighbor Janet Spence, who loves him. When a post-mortem shows that Emily's death was precipitated by arsenic, Henry is placed on trial for his life. But is he guilty? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gioconda Smile See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 22, 1948 with Charles Boyer and Ann Blyth reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Libbard: Some women cry as easily as a pig grunts. And enjoy it very nearly as much.
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Excellent film!
29 November 1999 | by absolutemaxSee all my reviews

A wonderful film with a marvelous cast and brilliantly written screenplay. This film superbly captures the anguish of unrequited love and how it transforms its victims into wrong-doers.


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