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A Woman's Face (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 9 May 1941 (USA)
A female blackmailer with a disfiguring facial scar meets a plastic surgeon who offers her the possibility of looking like a normal woman.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Francis de Croisset (play) (as Francis De Croisset), Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Anna Holm
Melvyn Douglas ... Dr. Gustaf Segert
Conrad Veidt ... Torsten Barring
Osa Massen ... Vera Segert
Reginald Owen ... Bernard Dalvik
Albert Bassermann ... Consul Magnus Barring
Marjorie Main ... Emma Kristiansdotter
Donald Meek ... Herman Rundvik
Connie Gilchrist ... Christina Dalvik
Richard Nichols ... Lars-Erik
Charles Quigley ... Eric
Gwili Andre ... Gusta
Clifford Brooke ... Wickman
George Zucco ... Defense Attorney
Henry Kolker ... Judge
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Storyline

Anna Holm is a blackmailer, who because of a facial scar, despises everyone she encounters. When a plastic surgeon performs an operation to correct this disfigurement, Anna becomes torn between the hope of starting a new life, and a return to her dark past. Written by Kelly

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THEY CALLED HER A SCARFACED SHE-DEVIL(original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 19, 1942 with Conrad Veidt reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When Barring tells Anna about his uncle's inheritance and the grandchild being the beneficiary as longs as the child lives; she then asks what would happen if the child doesn't live. During this interaction with Barring; Anna's expression is inconsistent with the dialog. It starts with a devious smile and conspiratorial thoughts; and in the next immediate cut, the expression is one of abject terror. See more »

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[first lines]
Police Matron: That's a fine trick. You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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She's a `cold-blooded, ruthless little Galatea' - or is she?
8 October 2001 | by modern_maidenSee all my reviews

This film may surpass even Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning performance in `Mildred Pierce' as the best of her career. `A Woman's Face' is part courtroom drama, part mystery, and unfolds in the form of flashbacks through the eyes of no less than half a dozen questionable characters. Crawford plays Anna Holm, a facially scarred woman whose disfigurement has led her to an embittered life of crime.

Melvyn Douglas is perfectly cast as the handsome and heroic Dr. Segert, and Conrad Veidt plays Torsten Barring, the despicable charmer. Crawford's interpretation of a genuinely mean-spirited and heartless Anna develops into a complex character who wins our sympathy despite her evil intentions. It's a breath of fresh air to see Crawford not made up glamorously. There are no dazzling gowns or mascara-ed lashes to distract the viewer from Crawford's fabulous performance.

With a brilliant supporting cast (including the adorable Richard Nichols as the 4 year-old Lars-Erik, and Marjorie Main as the suspicious housekeeper), `A Woman's Face' ranks among the best Crawford films of all time. It is a must-see for anyone who wishes to see a well-made, fascinating tale of intrigue, love and human frailty.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1941 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,343,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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