Black Widow

( 1 )

Overview

Broadway producer Peter Denver Van Heflin takes in young actress Nanny Ordway Peggy Ann Garner while his wife Gene Tierney is out of town. When Nancy is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, the two prime suspects are Peter and the neglected husband Reginald Gardiner of temperamental Broadway star Ginger Rogers, who had also been dallying with the dead girl. Detective Bruce George Raft figures out the true identity of the killer, but the audience may be well ahead of him. Despite its resplendant color ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W)
$13.64
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (11) from $4.40   
  • New (8) from $8.99   
  • Used (3) from $4.40   

Overview

Broadway producer Peter Denver Van Heflin takes in young actress Nanny Ordway Peggy Ann Garner while his wife Gene Tierney is out of town. When Nancy is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, the two prime suspects are Peter and the neglected husband Reginald Gardiner of temperamental Broadway star Ginger Rogers, who had also been dallying with the dead girl. Detective Bruce George Raft figures out the true identity of the killer, but the audience may be well ahead of him. Despite its resplendant color photography, Black Widow is a "film noir" at heart.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with film noir historian Alan Rode; Ginger Rogers st Twentieth Century Fox featurette; Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon featurette; Interactive pressbook; Isolated score track; Still galleries; Original theatrical trailer
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Black Widow is an entertaining near miss of a murder mystery. It fiddles with a lot of film noir characteristics, but doesn't fully commit to them, and while its cinematography is frequently stunning (with plenty of gorgeous panoramas of the New York skyline), its lush Technicolor feels out of place in the circumstances -- it's pretty when what is called for is a bit of grittiness. Widow also doesn't play fair; pieces of information are withheld from the audience for too long, and the mystery plot itself comes across a trifle forced at times. That said, Nunnally Johnson has provided some marvelous dialogue, the film moves along at a nice, steady clip, and it's enough fun that most viewers will overlook these flaws. Most of the cast is very solid, with the exception of George Raft, who is sadly miscast. Gene Tierney is underutilized, but looks sensational, and Van Heflin plays the patsy role to perfection. Peggy Ann Garner is surprisingly good -- and frequently just plain surprising. But the standout performance belongs to Ginger Rogers. Not necessarily a natural for the part (her screen persona tends to be a bit more working class than the role calls for), she overcomes that seeming handicap by sheer force of will. Rogers' steely determination and selfish strength make the character vivid and memorable, and her bitchiness is a delight. It's a scene-stealing role, and Rogers turns out to be the perfect thief for it. Widow's elements don't congeal into a classic noir, but it's a very worthy minor effort.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • UPC: 024543446613
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,995

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Lottie
Van Heflin Peter
Gene Tierney Iris
George Raft Detective Bruce
Peggy Ann Garner Nanny Ordway
Reginald Gardiner Brian
Virginia Leith Claire Amberly
Otto Kruger Ling
Cathleen Nesbitt Lucia
Skip Homeier John
Hilda Simms Anne
Harry Carter Welch
Geraldine Wall Miss Mills
Richard H. Cutting Sgt. Owens
Mabel Albertson Sylvia
Aaron Spelling Mr. Oliver
Wilson Wood Costume Designer
Frances Driver Maid
James F. Stone Stage Doorman
Michael Vallon Coal Dealer
Tony DeMario Bartender
Technical Credits
Nunnally Johnson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
A.F. Erickson Asst. Director
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Patrick Quentin Original Story
Maurice Ransford Production Designer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Spencer Editor
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Widow
1. Main Titles / Party Invitation [4:51]
2. A New Friend [4:30]
3. Nancy's Story [3:14]
4. Roomates [2:06]
5. Networking [1:46]
6. Writer's Analysis [3:48]
7. Nancy's Death [4:36]
8. Crime Scene [1:42]
9. Investigation [4:39]
10. Lies [6:38]
11. Unwelcome Counsel [:09]
12. Shocking Letter [5:06]
13. Questioning the Neighbors [2:24]
14. Murder Suspect [3:21]
15. Playing Hardball [2:31]
16. Checking Out Nancy [5:17]
17. Pursuing the Truth [3:11]
18. A Theory [3:23]
19. Exposed [3:22]
20. The Real Nancy [:24]
21. Confession [4:34]
22. Alternate Theory [3:17]
23. The Truth [3:08]
24. Acting Innocent [2:27]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Black Widow
   Play Film
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio: English 4.0 Surround
      Language & Audio:Commentary With Film Noir Historian ALan K. Rode
      Language & Audio: Isolated Score Track
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Film Noir Historian Alan K. Rode: On
      Commentary With Film Noir Historian Alan K. Rode: Off
      Ginger Rogers at Twentieth Century Fox
      Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon
      Interactive Pressbook
      Theatrical Trailer
      Isolated Score Track: On
      Isolated Score Track: Off
      Still Galleries
         Production Stills
         Behind the Scenes
         Glamour Shots
         Poster Art
         Costume & Lighting Tests
      Fox Noir
         Daisy Kenyon
         Dangerous Crossing
         I Wake Up Screaming
         Vicki
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews