A Woman's Secret

A Woman's Secret

Nicholas Ray (1949)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Fans of Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel without a Cause, will find little to satisfy them here. As one of the famed director's apprentice works, there's little indication of the glories to come, even for the most die-hard members of his cult following. This is daft-as-a-brush, turgid melodrama, told in flashback - a device that once worked wonderfully well for its producer/writer Herman J Mankiewicz in Citizen Kane, but here seems contrived and unnecessary. Gloria Grahame, Ray's wife at the time, has her moments, as does suave Victor Jory, but the whole is a very minor piece, and stars Maureen O'Hara and Melvyn Douglas both did far better work.


A nightclub singer is shot, and the washed-up performer who had moulded her career confesses to the crime. However, both her pianist friend and a police detective are not convinced of her version of events, so try to uncover the terrible truth she is trying to bury. Mystery, starring Maureen O'Hara and Gloria Grahame.

Cast & Crew

Marian Washburn Maureen O'Hara
Susan Caldwell Gloria Grahame
Luke Jordan Melvyn Douglas
Lee Crenshaw Bill Williams
Brook Matthews Victor Jory
Det Fowler Jay C Flippen
Mary Fowler Mary Philips
Mrs Matthews Ann Shoemaker
Director Nicholas Ray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd