Born to Be Bad

Born to Be Bad

Nicholas Ray (1950)

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Our Score
Unfortunately for RKO, Joan Fontaine was put on this earth to be timid and twee on screen, if not in real life, and acting bad did not come easily. She fails to convince in this flat drama, playing an ambitious, callous woman who arrives in San Francisco determined to have it all her own way. Robert Ryan and Zachary Scott look unconvinced as the men caught up in her wiles. The publicity people obviously knew they had a struggle selling it when they described Fontaine's character as "a cross between Lucretia Borgia and Peg o' My Heart"!


A manipulative woman with an outwardly innocent appearance plots to split up her cousin's engagement, and seduce her wealthy fiance. After marrying the rich man, she remains in love with an impoverished novelist - who is the only person able to see through her facade. Drama, starring Joan Fontaine and Robert Ryan.

Cast & Crew

Christabel Caine Joan Fontaine
Nick Bradley Robert Ryan
Curtis Carey Zachary Scott
Donna Foster Joan Leslie
Gobby Mel Ferrer
John Caine Harold Vermilyea
Aunt Clara Virginia Farmer
Mrs Bolton Kathleen Howard
Director Nicholas Ray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD