A Woman's Secret

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Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing. Marian and Luke found Susan when she was a failure. A singer with a limited range, she was a diamond in the rough which Marian and Luke taught how to walk, dress and talk. With the singing lessons, Marian had hoped that she would have the career that Marian would have had if she had not lost her voice. Even though Susan is a scatterbrain girl, Luke does not believe that Marian would have been capable of shooting her. Luke hopes that Detective Fowler will be able to find out the truth and free Marian.

  1. Vicki Baum


  2. Nicholas Ray


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  1. Maureen O'Hara

    Maureen O'Hara

    Marian Washburn

  2. Melvyn Douglas

    Melvyn Douglas

    Luke Jordan

  3. Gloria Grahame

    Gloria Grahame

    Susan Caldwell / Estrellita

  4. Bill Williams

    Bill Williams

    Lee Crenshaw

  5. Victor Jory

    Victor Jory

    Brook Matthews

  6. Mary Philips

    Mary Philips

    Mrs. Mary Fowler

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 24m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • March 5, 1949



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

She had a voice with hormones.

A Woman's Secret is directed by Nicholas Ray and adapted to screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz from the novel "Mortgage on Life" written by Vicki Baum. It stars Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Victor Jory and Jay C. Flippen. Music is by Friedrich Hollaender and cinematography by George E. Diskant.

When young singer Susan Caldwell (Grahame) is shot, Marian Washburn (O'Hara) takes the blame and is promptly charged. But something isn't right and those closest to Marian decide to dig a little deeper...

If the Lord wanted you to have a bullet i... read the rest.

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