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Fortune Is a Woman

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1956
  • Sidney Gilliat
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

Mystery starring Jack Hawkins and Arlene Dahl. An insurance investigator begins to suspect that his ex-lover's husband might be involved in a serious art fraud.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Adapted from a novel by Winston Graham (of Poldark fame), this fair-to-middling thriller by the inseparable duo of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat is all plot and no point. Borrowing from a thousand and one films noirs, it follows the misfortunes of Jack Hawkins, an insurance assessor whose investigation of a series of fires draws him into murder, marriage and blackmail with a fatalistic inevitability. Hawkins lacks the vulnerability that Edward G Robinson brought to similar films like The Woman in the Window, while Arlene Dahl's femme fatale has too little of the allure that would make such a dangerous liaison worth the risk.

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Credits

Cast

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Oliver BranwellJack Hawkins
Sarah MoretonArlene Dahl
Tracey MoretonDennis Price
Mrs MoretonViolet Farebrother
Clive FisherIan Hunter (1)
Old AbercrombieMalcolm Keen
Michael AbercrombieGeoffrey Keen
Fred ConnorPatrick Holt
Berkeley ReckittJohn Robinson (1)
Vere LitchenGreat Gynt
Sergeant BarnesMichael Goodliffe
WatsonMartin Lane
Mr JeromeBernard Miles
Charles HighburyChristopher Lee

Crew

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DirectorSidney Gilliat

Details

Theatrical distributor
Launder Prods Ltd
Released on
1957-04-15
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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