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A Woman's Vengeance (1948) Zoltan Korda; Charles Boyer, Ann Blyth
A Woman's Vengeance (1948) Zoltan Korda; Charles Boyer, Ann Blyth


 
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A Woman's Vengeance concerns a 'likely' murderer, Henry Maurier, played by Charles Boyer. It is no secret that Maurier is enamored with young Doris (Ann Blyth), but is his love for the girl motive enough for Maurier to murder his invalid wife? the supporting cast includes Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Mildred Natwick, and John Williams. A Woman's Vengeance was adapted by Aldous Huxley (the same) from his own story 'The Gioconda Smile.'

A Woman's Vengeance is a tidy little "killer thriller" that will be a pleasant surprise for mystery fans looking for something a little off the beaten path. The setup is a familiar one, and while it's not handled with a great deal of originality, it plays things "by the book" in a neat, effective, and strangely comforting way. Everything is in its place, every point is set up in an entirely appropriate manner, and things resolve in the time-honored tradition -- inevitable, but not boring. Zoltan Korda's direction is similarly on key -- it hits all the notes just as expected, rarely surprising but always pleasing. Where Vengeance does rise above the pack a bit is in its cast. Charles Boyer and Ann Blyth are both fine, but not exceptional. But a relatively young Jessica Tandy and the dependable Cedric Hardwicke make themselves noticed and very welcome indeed. Tandy's performance is fresh and captivating, even though her "old maid" part is hardly original, and she handles her big moments with supreme confidence and ability. Hardwicke is even better, underplaying for all he is worth and mining rich veins of character with the slightest gesture or tone of voice. Mildred Natwick is also quite good, even if her part doesn't allow her to shine as do Tandy and Hardwicke. All in all, Vengeance is a very satisfying murder caper.

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5 of 5 Well worth it! March 15, 2018
Reviewer: Patrick Hunter from Panorama City, CA United States  
A highly watchable transfer of a difficult to locate movie.  Another great deal from moviedetective.net

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4 of 5 A WOMAN'S VENGEANCE January 15, 2015
Reviewer: JAMES MORRELLA from YONKERS, NY United States  
There were many fine performances in a primarily British cast (Boyer being French and Ann Blyth American). Cedric Hardewicke really steals the film. It was stretching it some seeing 18 year old Blyth with Boyer. Still a good story and copy fine.

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