No Man of Her Own

No Man of Her Own

DVD - 2012
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Helen Ferguson, pregnant, penniless and dumped by her boyfriend Steve Morley, takes the identity of the pregnant Patrice Harkness, when she and her husband are killed in a train crash. The rich Harkness in-laws, and their other son Bill, had never seen Patrice, so they accept her and her newborn son into their family. However, Steve eventually finds her and starts to blackmail her.
Publisher: [Saint Charles, Ill.] : Olive Films : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2012
Branch Call Number: DVD NO 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd. b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: I married a dead man


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May 27, 2014

This was way, way better than I had hoped for as it started out as a straight drama and only in the second half did it turn into a film noir, similar to Stanwyck’s “Double Indemnity” (although not much can rise to that film). Lyle Bettger is excellent as one of those villains that stick to you and ruin your whole life. I was surprised to learn this was his debut film, but he would last in films another 30 years wrecking everybody’s life. The copy of the film shows obvious fading in some sections and this is probably the reason it took so long to come out on DVD. Milburne Stone, Doc on Gunsmoke for 20 years (604 episodes) had three tiny, tiny scenes. I’ll bet he had no idea of how famous he would become on a show like Gunsmoke. The lady 1955 British film, The Ladykillers, had the same train bridge method of body disposal.The Hays Code slipped up as they allowed Barbara to get away with body disposal, certainly a crime.

Apr 30, 2013

Barbara Stanwyck chews gum but doesn't kick a sufficient amount of ass as a single mum who takes on the life of a luckier woman. The film drags, though it is based on a Cornel Woolrich short story, but it does contain one classic Stanwyck moment.


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