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My True Story (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1951 (USA)
Story of a female jewel thief.


Mickey Rooney


Margit Mantical (story), Howard J. Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Helen Walker ... Ann Martin
Willard Parker ... Bill Phillips
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mme. Rousseau
Emory Parnell ... Ed Praskins
Aldo Ray ... Mark Foster (as Aldo DaRe)
Wilton Graff ... George Trent
Ivan Triesault ... Alexis Delios
Ben Welden ... Buzz Edwards
Fred F. Sears ... E. H. Carlyle
Mary Newton Mary Newton ... Miss Harrison
Ann Tyrrell ... Sophie


Ann Martin (Helen Walker') is a jewel thief recently released from prison, and is forced by a gang to take a job as a companion to an elderly recluse, Madame Rousseau (Elisabeth Risdon'), who has shut herself off from the world. The old woman owns an oil-of-myrrh which she doles out on an as-needed basis to the makers of "Temptation" perfume who have offered her fabulous sums of money to buy out her entire stock of myrrh. The gang, led by George Trent (Wilton Graff) and Ed Praskins (Emory Parnell) , who hides his villainy behind a deceptive air of friendliness, orders Ann to find the myrrh stock, and when she does not succeed, she is in danger. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THIS IS IT! MY TRUE DTORY was filmed in cooperation with the editors of "True Story MAgazine"


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Release Date:

8 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Vida Tenebrosa See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Helen Walker Showcase
16 October 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An ex-con gets involved in a scheme to bilk a wealthy old dowager with unexpected results.

If you can get past the cheesy pulp title, the movie's better than it appears for a simple programmer. The 60-minutes is more like a character study than a crime drama or a quasi- noir. And that's thanks to a first-rate performance from the tragically star-crossed Helen Walker. She shows a broader emotional range than her usual spider woman parts such as Nightmare Alley (1947), and Impact (1949). I like the way she first wins our sympathy as a reformed ex-con only to reveal a calculating toughie beneath before eventually being won over by the kindly dowager (Risdon) and the quirky Phillips (Parker). What a shame her career was cut tragically short. Certainly, no one else looked quite like those "upside down" eyes.

If there's a "Rooney touch" to the direction, I couldn't find it, except maybe for the same lone limousine that moves down the same lonesome road maybe twenty times over. Nonetheless, the results are fairly efficient even if the screenplay lags much of the time. Nonetheless, whoever thought up that novel gimmick of a priceless perfume essence that everyone's scheming over deserves some recognition. That's certainly no crime drama cliché. Anyway, it's a routine little bottom-of-the-bill programmer, distinguished by Walker's wistfully expressive performance, remarkable for an obscure project as this.

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