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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

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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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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:

USA

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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Trivia

Vivian Vance (Leah) and Philip Ober (Gregory) were married. This is the only film they both appear in, but they have no scenes together. 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 Balarrasa (1951) See more »

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The Jazz Me Blues
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What's a "Noosnow"?
25 April 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Is Ellen (Colbert) losing her mind—is she already married? The trouble is what she remembers happening is not what a bunch of other people remember. So what's going on.

About half way through, the movie turns from high-key lighting into noir. But then Ellen's fiancée is the great noir icon Robert Ryan. Except here, he's basically a good guy, although those inventive opening scenes where he can't get into his own wedding prove he's a quirky sort. Colbert gets to show her acting chops by running through about every emotion in the book. And I couldn't help thinking of the previous year's The Snake Pit (1948) as I watched her breakdown.

It's a tense, riveting mystery as we try figuring out what's going on. Ellen seems so convincing, but then so does the damning evidence against her. The screenplay effectively draws the noose ever tighter around Ellen's sanity up till the end. Then the script nosedives with some ridiculous motivation that's just too implausible to fly (without giving it away). Too bad, since the movie could have excelled without this unfortunate lapse.

There's one scene that intrigued me. Hoping to unravel the mystery, Ellen and David enter what looks like a spacious, well-lit livingroom. There, what only can be described as a cutting-edge jazz ensemble is laying out the cool sounds of the time. Draped languorously across a couch is an equally cool-looking blonde. It's a highly suggestive scene, and clearly an effort at creating exotic atmosphere. But, the banal setting and the high-key lighting drain the needed visual impact. It's almost like someone (director Ferrer, the producers?) was afraid of too much "atmosphere", (contrast with the super-evocative jazz scene in the classic DOA {1950}). Thus, a potential highlight is allowed to pass by.

All in all, it's unfortunate that the fine acting, inventive touches, and genuine suspense are challenged by a key lapse in the plausibility of the screenplay. Otherwise it's an effective little thriller.


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