Madame X

Madame X

Director: David Lowell Rich

Cast: David Lowell Rich, Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban

     
 

Lana Turner takes the lead in the seventh film version of Alexandre Bisson's glossy soap opera. Holly Parker (Turner) is married to respected diplomat Clay Anderson (John Forsythe), but his busy schedule prevents them from seeing each other very often. Distracted and lonely, Holly allows her head to be turned by carefree playboy Phil Benton (Ricardo Montalban), who… See more details below

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Lana Turner takes the lead in the seventh film version of Alexandre Bisson's glossy soap opera. Holly Parker (Turner) is married to respected diplomat Clay Anderson (John Forsythe), but his busy schedule prevents them from seeing each other very often. Distracted and lonely, Holly allows her head to be turned by carefree playboy Phil Benton (Ricardo Montalban), who dies in a freak accident during an assignation. In a panic, Holly contacts her mother-in-law, Estelle Anderson (Constance Bennett) and asks what she should do. Estelle, a joyless woman who has never cared for her daughter-in-law, tells Holly that unless she wants to destroy her husband's life and career, she should flee the country and never return. Tearfully, Holly follows Estelle's advice, leaving behind her young son. Many years later, Holly has fallen on hard times; addicted to drugs, she scrapes out a meager living as a prostitute in a cheap hotel in Mexico. Devious criminal Dan Sullivan (Burgess Meredith) tries to involve Holly in a blackmail scheme; at the last minute, she finds out that Clay is the target, and she kills Sullivan. She cannot afford to hire a lawyer to defend her, so she is assigned a dedicated young public defender, whom she soon recognizes as her son, Clay Anderson, Jr. (Keir Dullea). Not wanting Clay, Jr. to know her true identity, Holly is tried as "Madame X," but she has trouble keeping her composure given the trial and her mixed joy and shame at seeing her son. Madame X was Constance Bennett's first film in 12 years and the last she would ever make; she died of a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after completing her work on the picture, nine months before it was released.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1998
UPC:
0096898015431
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lana Turner Holly Parker
John Forsythe Clay Anderson
Ricardo Montalban Phil Benton
Burgess Meredith Dan Sullivan
Constance Bennett Estelle Anderson
Keir Dullea Clay Anderson, Jr.
John van Dreelen Christian Torben
Virginia Grey Mimsy
Warren Stevens Michael Spalding
Carl Benton Reid Judge
Teddy Quinn Clay, Jr. as a Boy
Frank Maxwell Dr. Evans
Kaaren Verne Nurse Riborg
Joe de Santis Carter
Frank Marth Detective Combs
Bing Russell Sgt. Riley
Teno Pollick Manuel Lopez
Jeff Burton Bromley
Jill Jackson Police Matron
Paul Bradley Dancing Extra
Neil Hamilton Party Guest
Byrd Holland Cronyn, the Butler
Rodolfo Hoyos Patron
Brad Logan Actor
Duncan McLeod Official
Mark Miranda Mexican Boy
Ruben Moreno Actor
Richard Tretter Merchant Marine
George Dega Man

Technical Credits
David Lowell Rich Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Miton Carruth Editor
Walter Hammond Special Effects
Jean Holloway Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Frank Skinner Score Composer
George C. Webb Art Director
Bud Westmore Makeup

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