No Man of Her Own

No Man of Her Own

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Phyllis Thaxter

     
 

A woman is torn between a comfortable lie and the painful truth in this drama. After she is abandoned by her unfaithful boyfriend Stephen Morely (Lyle Bettger), Helen Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) discovers that she's pregnant, and she has no choice but to go home to her family. Shortly after boarding the train, Helen meets Hugh and Patrice Harkness (Richard Denning and… See more details below

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A woman is torn between a comfortable lie and the painful truth in this drama. After she is abandoned by her unfaithful boyfriend Stephen Morely (Lyle Bettger), Helen Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) discovers that she's pregnant, and she has no choice but to go home to her family. Shortly after boarding the train, Helen meets Hugh and Patrice Harkness (Richard Denning and Phyllis Thaxter), a recently married couple who are travelling to visit Hugh's parents, who have yet to met his bride. Patrice, who is also with child, strikes up a conversation with Helen, and allows her to try on her beautiful wedding ring. Moments later, the train becomes involved in a terrible accident in which Hugh and Patrice are killed; because she was still wearing Patrice's ring, Helen is mistaken for the late Mrs. Harkness by Hugh's parents (Jane Cowl and Henry O'Neill), and is taken home with them as she recovers and has her baby. Helen begins to feel a part of the family until Stephen arrives, demanding money to keep her true identity a secret. No Man of Her Own was remade in 1996 as the comedy Mrs. Winterbourne.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As befits a film derived from a Cornell Woolrich novel (although written under a pen name), there's an aura of impending gloom and fatality that hovers over No Man of Her Own, a sense that Fate is bound to deal a blow to happiness -- it's merely a question of when the blow will come and in what form. This makes the contrived happy ending -- a definite departure from the book -- all the more ludicrous. Truth to tell, No Man's screenplay has more than its share of hard-to-accept moments. Some of these are the inventions of screenwriters Sally Benson and Catherine Turney, but some also come from the original Woolrich source. Detached from his distinctive literary voice and without the rich atmosphere that he brings to the printed page, the plot twists come across as devices -- and just will stretch credulity too far for some. Fortunately, No Man has a dazzling star and an assured director to help it over these bumpy patches. Certainly no one could ask for a better Helen than the luminous yet down-to-earth Barbara Stanwyck. Seemingly incapable of giving an uncommitted performance, Stanwyck makes her character live and breathe, and one is ready to accept absolutely anything that happens as long as Stanwyck is around. For his part, Mitchell Leisen brings a confidence to his direction that belies the fact that most of his films were not as "tough" as this one eventually becomes. Jane Cowl provides solid support, but Lyle Bettger comes across as a bit much, while John Lund comes across as a bit dull. No Man can't overcome all its flaws to become a great film, but Stanwyck makes it more than watchable.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2012
UPC:
0887090036900
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
16,918

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Helen Ferguson
John Lund Bill Harkness
Phyllis Thaxter Patrice Harkness
Lyle Bettger Stephen Morley
Jane Cowl Mrs. Harkness
Henry O'Neill Mr. Harkness
Milburn Stone Plainclothesman
Richard Denning Hugh Harkness
Carole Mathews Blonde
Harry Antrim Ty Winthrop
Catherine Craig Rosalie Baker
Esther Dale Josie
Griff Barnett Dr. Parker
Jean Andren Louise Russell
Georgia Backus Nurse
Virginia Brissac Justice of the Peace's Wife
Ivan Browning Porter
Ashley Cowan Actor
Charles Dayton Friends of the Family
Jimmie Dundee Actor
Laura Elliot Actor
Kathleen Freeman Clara Larrimore
Sumner Getchell John Larrimore
William Haade Cop
Thomas Brown Henry Doctor at Hospital
Edna Holland Actor
Esther Howard Blowsy Boardinghouse Woman
Selmar Jackson Minister
Stan Johnson Policeman
Dick Keene Clerk
Mary Lawrence Actor
Frank Marlowe Steve
Johnny Michaels Delivery Boy
Helen Mowery Actor
Gordon Nelson Justice of the Peace
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Police Officer
Jack Reynolds Actor
Jean Ruth Actor
Emmett E. Smith Actor
Phil Tully Actor
Ray Walker Actor
Willard Waterman Jack Olsen
Dave Willock Jimmy Baker
Dooley Wilson Dining Car Waiter

Technical Credits
Mitchell Leisen Director
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John R. Coonan Asst. Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Bob Ewing Makeup
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Alma Macrorie Editor
Richard Maibaum Producer
Don McKay Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Ray Myer Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Turney Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- No Man of Her Own
1. Opening [:12]
2. Trip to Nowhere [10:16]
3. Dazed and Confused [9:19]
4. Welcome Home [6:48]
5. Hidden Identity [11:34]
6. A Night Out [16:34]
7. Blackmailed [8:32]
8. Point of No Return [12:05]

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