This Woman Is Dangerous

Overview

Joan Crawford is appropriately cast as the title character in This Woman is Dangerous. Crawford plays master criminal Beth Austin, the lady friend of dangerous gangster Matt Jackson David Brian. After being caught in the crossfire of a robbery engineered by Jackson, Beth recuperates in a hospital, hoping to keep her past a secret from the authorities. But the FBI wants Beth to lead them to Jackson, and to that end, her doctor Ben Halleck Dennis Morgan is strong-armed into inaugurating a romance with his gorgeous ...
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Overview

Joan Crawford is appropriately cast as the title character in This Woman is Dangerous. Crawford plays master criminal Beth Austin, the lady friend of dangerous gangster Matt Jackson David Brian. After being caught in the crossfire of a robbery engineered by Jackson, Beth recuperates in a hospital, hoping to keep her past a secret from the authorities. But the FBI wants Beth to lead them to Jackson, and to that end, her doctor Ben Halleck Dennis Morgan is strong-armed into inaugurating a romance with his gorgeous patient. Eventually, of course, Ben and Beth fall genuinely in love, thereby incurring the terrible wrath of the vengeful Jackson. And to think that Joan Crawford endures all this without a hair out of place on her lovely head! TV's future "Captain Midnight" Richard Webb co-stars as a diligent FBI agent.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
This Woman is Dangerous is a great title for a 1950s melodrama, and it's a shame that the film itself isn't as good as the title. Woman isn't bad, mind you, but that title prepares you for a real humdinger of a flick -- and then the finished product lets you down a bit. Aside from David Brian's extravagant and at times grotesque performance, most of Woman feels a bit "tied down." You watch it feeling that Crawford is holding herself back a little and that director Felix E. Feist was looking for permission to let himself go a bit more. The result would not necessarily have been a higher quality picture, but it would have been a bit more entertaining -- and Brian's performance in that kind of context would have made a bit more sense at least. Though a bit restrained -- perhaps because she is reported to have genuinely hated the project -- Crawford still manages to find plenty of moments to work her particular magic, and at times is quite touching. Dennis Morgan is okay as the new love in her life, although he doesn't light up the screen the way you keep wanting him to. The screenplay is a lot of hobgobble, and you never believe the various relationships, but as a vehicle for Crawford, it works fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316127223
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,509

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Beth Austin
Dennis Morgan Dr. Ben Halleck
David Brian Matt Jackson
Richard Webb Franklin
Mari Aldon Ann Jackson
Philip Carey Will Jackson
Ian MacDonald Joe Grossland
George Chandler Dr. Ryan
William Challee Ned Shaw
Sherry Jackson Susan Halleck
Douglas Fowley Club Manager
Kenneth Patterson Oculist
Harry Tyler Mike
Gladys Blake Hairdresser
Cecil Weston Prison Matron
Richard Bartell Waiter
Dee Carroll Telephone Operator
Mary Ellen Hokanson Prison Doctor
Harry Lauter Trooper
Charles Sullivan Attendant
Karen Hale Nurse
Eileen Stevens Chambermaid
Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
David Buttolph Score Composer
Bernard Girard Original Story
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Daniel Mainwaring Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
James Moore Editor
Sheila O'Brien Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Sisk Producer
George Worthing Yates Screenwriter
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