The Wicked Lady
The Wicked Lady (1945)

In this drama, set during the reign of King Charles II, the aristocratic Lady Skelton (Margaret Lockwood) attempts to relieve the tedium of her day-to-day life by secretly acting as a highway robber. Meeting up with the rogue Captain Jerry… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 1945
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Agee
TIME Magazine

Amid the romantic highwaymen, secret passages and poisoned elderberry wine, the bogus sentiments expressed by the actors are a perfect match for the bogus look of their hair pieces.

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Sean Axmaker

Filled with silly twists and overwrought melodrama, it has a distinctive sensibility, two charismatic anti-heroes who invest their roles with personality and energy, and a stylized, unreal flamboyance that keeps them lively.

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A silly but nonetheless entertaining film with a devilish lead and some fine 'stand and deliver' action.

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Variety Staff

Producers claim that this story is 'set in the days of Charles II'. Sets, costumes and a comely bunch of femmes bear out the claim. But the period atmosphere is not convincing.

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TV Guide

This lushly costumed drama is surprisingly boring, but Mason stands out with his swagger and gusto while the rest of the cast members are sadly unconvincing.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Former critic and screenwriter Arliss [is] the unfortunate director having to contend with the recalcitrant mechanics of Lime Grove studio ruralism.

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Monthly Film Bulletin

With excellent photography from Jack Cox, lavish costuming and rich settings, this becomes a novelette on high-quality art paper. Nobody, surely, is expected to believe in its naive manner of narrative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
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The title of this melodramatic tale of a noblewoman turned highwayman says it sounds like a Mills & Boon novel, and plays like one too. James Mason… More