|WIFE WANTED (SHADOW OF BLACKMAIL) (director: Phil Karlson; screenwriters: Caryl Coleman/Sid Sutherland/from the novel Wife Wanted by Robert Callahan; cinematographer: Harry Neumann ; editors: Ace Herman/Richard Currie; music: Edward J. Kay; cast: Kay Francis (Carole Raymond), Paul Cavanagh (Jeff Caldwell), Veda Ann Borg (Nola Reed), John Gallaudet (Lee Kirby), Barton Yarborough (Walter Desmond), Robert Shayne (William Tyler), Teala Loring (Mildred Hayes), Tim Ryan (Bartender), Jonathan Hale (Philip Conway); Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Kay Francis/Jeffrey Bernerd; Monogram; 1946)|
|"Superficial social conscience
by Dennis Schwartz
Karlson ("The Phenix City Story"/"Kansas
City Confidential"/"Scandal Sheet") directs this
superficial social conscience exploitative film. Aging
film star Kay Francis, in her last film, plays Carole
Raymond, a fading movie star. Carole gives up the
movie business to become the real estate partner of
Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh).
Through his secretary Nola Reed (Veda
Ann Borg), he runs a crooked matrimonial
service. Aided by his shady associate Lee
Kirby (John Gallaudet), they defraud and blackmail
the lonely users. An unaware Carole
is used as bait for a mark. As a result, the shamed
vic, Walter Desmond (Barton
Yarborough), commits suicide.
William Tyler (Robert Shayne) goes undercover and
poses as a rich rancher to do an expose on the
phony marriage service. He contacts Carole.
She's currently being blackmailed by Caldwell and is
forced by him to get Tyler to invest in a fraudulent
oil deal. Things work out when Carole and Tyler
actually fall in love and team up to bring down this
film's tagline is: "Here's The
Whole Shocking Story Of So-Called "Friendship
Clubs" That Sell Marriage, Companionship and
Romance, But Deliver Shame and Extortion!"
Writers Caryl Coleman and Sid Sutherland base it on the novel Wife Wanted by Robert Callahan.
REVIEWED ON 1/26/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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