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Crime | Drama
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
92 min
IMDB Rating:
6.9 / 10 
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Directors: Michael Gordon [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Deborah Chandler's rejected suitor, Selden Clark, manages the factory of her father, who dies: did he fall or was he pushed? But charming Clark manages to win her over and marry her. On the honeymoon, Clark's former girl Patricia intervenes and opens Deborah's eyes, alas too late. Now Clark tries to kill Deborah. Believed dead by all but Clark, she flees. But drifter Keith Ramsey recognizes and follows her. Can she trust him? Can he believe her? —Rod Crawford


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Lupino in hiding

"Woman in Hiding" from 1950 stars Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, and Howard Duff.

The film begins with a narration by Lupino, over a scene where police are trying to find her dead body after a car crash.

After her father (John Litel) dies from a fall, Deborah Chandler inherits the successful mill the family owns. She marries the general manager Selden (McNally). On her wedding night, they go to a cottage and find a girlfriend (Peggy Dow) of Selden's who has let herself in with a key.

Deborah then finds out that Selden killed her father. She flees from the cottage, only to find out that Selden, knowing she would do this, has cut the brakes of the car. Deborah jumps out before the car hits the water.

Selden isn't sure she's dead because no body was found; he wants to know for sure so he can inherit the mill free and clear. So he offers a $5000 reward for anyone who can find her. Deborah sees the ad while working in a restaurant and takes off. Passing a beauty salon, she hatches the idea to change her appearance.

Well, this is a not too great part of the story. She reappears with her hair maybe two shades lighter - she keeps calling herself a blonde, but she isn't - no sunglasses, hat, nothing. A man, Keith Ramsey (Duff) running the newspaper counter at the bus station remembers meeting her. When he sees her again, he takes off in pursuit.

Keith manages to earn Deborah's trust. His motives are a little ambiguous. He calls Selden and says he's not totally sure it's his wife, and he seems concerned about her. As Deborah attempts to keep running, things get rough.

Very exciting film with good performances. Lupino gives a strong performance as frightened and vulnerable woman; McNally is good at playing evil; and a young Howard Duff is handsome and charming. As Selden's girlfriend, Peggy Dow is terrific. The screen lost a real beauty as well as a fine actress when she married and retired.

The last ten minutes or so are nerve-wracking. Enjoy.

Killer pursuit

'Woman in Hiding', when hearing of it through a fellow user recommendation, has the sort of concept that immediately had me sold. Being a fan of the genre (a mix of film noir and crime) and that type of film. While not considering Michael Gordon (my first exposure to him being 'Pillow Talk' and 'Move Over Darling') one of my favourite directors, he didn't fare too badly if not exceptionally in the genre. Both Ida Lupino and Steven McNally have been great in other films.

There may be many other films of the genre or with not too dissimiliar stories, both before and since, that are a lot better than 'Woman in Hiding'. It is still a good example of how good Gordon was at directing film noirs when the material was good, which it generally is here despite being imperfect, and how far he had come on from his "B-movie" period in the early 40s. Both Lupino and McNally come over well, though to me both have been better.

Am going to start with what 'Woman in Hiding' didn't do so well. Some of the story is on the ridiculous side and strains credibility, especially towards the end such as Deborah being that trusting of Patricia. Likewise with the rather vague and foolish motivations and decision making that make the characters at times seem idiotic.

Did feel that the hotel convention scene was not as suspenseful as it should have been and came as too busy and silly.

Having said all of this, 'Woman in Hiding' is a tightly plotted film and does have a dark and tense atmosphere a lot of the time. Did get creeps and chills a fair few times. Despite it going downhill a bit from the hotel convention scene, it does pick up in the climax. Which was not a predictable one and was genuinely anxiety-inducing. Gordon directs in an assured fashion and the script intrigues and entertains enough. All the cast perform expertly, Howard Duff's role does not sound interesting but actually he is a strong sympathetic presence in it. Peggy Dow does very well as Patricia.

Lupino has the most difficult part and plays it with searing intensity and pathos. McNally is genuinely menacing, the character is obvious but his performance does give the creeps. 'Woman in Hiding' is very atmospherically and stylishly photographed and lit, really enhancing especially the mill setting later on. The music is suitably ominous and the sound did give me the jitters without over-emphasising.

All in all, not great but pretty good despite a few frustrations. 7/10

Near Dreck

Ida Lupino is so unlikable in this film, you are sort of glad they are dragging the river for her body.
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