|HER SISTER'S SECRET (director: Edgar G. Ulmer; screenwriters: Anne Green/ based on the novel, "Dark Angel" by Gina Kaus; cinematographer: Frank F. Planer; editor: Jack Ogilvie; music: Hans Sommer; cast: Nancy Coleman (Toni Dubois), Margaret Lindsay (Renee Dubois), Philip Reed (Dick Connolly), Regis Toomey (Bill Gordon), Henry Stephenson (Mr. Dubois), Felix Bressart (Pepe), Winston Severn (Billy), Fritz Feld (Wine Salesman), Helene Heigh (Etta), George Meeker (Guy), Frances Williams (Matilda), Rudolph Anders (Birdman); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Henry Brash; PRC; 1946)|
|"Has some juice."
by Dennis Schwartz
ambitious Poverty Row WWII romantic soap
opera tale directed by the prolific maverick indie
filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer ("Black
Cat"/"Detour"/"Carnegie Hall"). It has some juice. The
b/w film is based on the novel "Dark Angel"
by Gina Kaus and is written by Anne Green.
the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, at the end of the
war, in the French Quarter, "Toni"
Dubois (Nancy Coleman)
and friend Guy (George
Meeker) are celebrating at Pepe's (Felix
Bressart) restaurant, but
handsome uniformed PFC soldier Dick Connolly (Philip
Reed) eyeballs Toni and maneuvers
to dump his date and leave the restaurant with Toni
after dancing with her. She's wearing a Marie
Antoinette costume and mask. The madly
in love G.I. proposes after a night out together,
but Toni suggests they meet in six weeks. Toni at
the end of six weeks is pregnant and in love, but
Dick is a no show. The letter he wrote to explain
his absence, due to the cancellation of his leave,
never reaches her.
embarrassed Toni, believing she's an abandoned
woman, travels to NYC to visit her married sister
Renee Dubois Gordon (Margaret
Lindsay), whose naval officer
hubby Bill (Regis Toomey)
is overseas. Renee, who can't have children, agrees
to take her sister's child and raise it as her own.
The baby boy is named Bill. Toni agrees not to see
him for three years. When she sees the baby after
three years, she's determined to get back her child.
glossy women's pic is fine when set during the wild
Mardi Gras celebration, but is grounded when the
weepie melodrama gets going and it ends on a note of
REVIEWED ON 4/18/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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