What happens when you give Edgar G. Ulmer a budget?
Movie Lover: George Willeman
Springfield, OH US
-- July, 9, 2005
You get a film whose "heroine" makes Scarlett O'Hara look like a sunday school teacher! Hedy Lamarr is so gloriously evil and manipulative in "The Strange Woman." Director Edgar G. Ulmer got a break from his usual "poverty-row" productions (ie, "Detour") and got to throw a little money around on this production. His handling of Hedy's character--one moment scheming, the next fragile and fainting--makes this a great and sadly forgotten film. The print quality is ok on this DVD--a bit too contrasty in places and there are a couple transfer anomilies that are distracting. I believe this DVD may have come from a print prepared to make French language prints as at one point, the soundtrack goes completely dead and a church signboard that comes up is in French. The story takes place in Bangor, Maine, and I don't think they were bilingual, then or now. One last note--it's great to see the wonderful Hillary Brooke playing a genuinely nice character. The three male leads, Gene Lockhart, Louis Hayward, and George Sanders (also playing a genuinely nice person!), help round out an excellent cast.