A Woman's Secret
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Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz adopts the same prismatic-flashback technique he'd used so well in Citizen Kane for the 1949 filmic soap opera A Woman's Secret. Based on a novel by Vicki (Grand Hotel) Baum, the film begins with the shooting of nightclub singer Susan Caldwell (Gloria Grahame). Marian Washburn (Maureen O'Hara), who'd coached Susan into the Big Time, confesses to the shooting. Neither Marian's piano-player friend Luke Jordan (Melvyn Douglas) nor police inspector Fowler (Jay C. Flippen) completely buy her story, and it is their probing investigation of the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's too much unintended mystery about A Woman's Secret for it to be anything but spotty entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the few really weak films in Nicholas Ray's otherwise brilliant career. Even the acting is not very good, compared to In a Lonely Place, in which Ray's then wife-actress Gloria Grahame also stars."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An early gem from Ray, who would undoubtedly go on to greater things, but who, at the very least, shows promise here."
‑ , Film4
"Entertaining, and less routine than it sounds."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The tidied up gem of a mess still gives off an awful stink."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Nicholas Ray directed it, though his touch is apparent only in the handling of the unstable Grahame character; otherwise, it's probably his stodgiest, driest piece of work."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It is hard to believe that a film directed by Ray and written by Mankiewicz could be anything less than brilliant."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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