Woman in Hiding Film Details
Overview: After her father is killed in an accident, mill heiress Deborah Chandler marries the plant manager, Selden Clark, but his motives are suspicious.
Review: In 1949 Ida Lupino had collaborated on an original story “Not Wanted” but things didn’t go to plan, the director became sick and Ida stepped in to finish it herself. After that she was happy to go over to Universal-International for the suspenser “Woman in Hiding” taken from a Saturday Evening Post serial “Fugitive From Terror” by James R. Webb. She also met Howard Duff, a radio (“Sam Spade”) and stage actor who had been in movies since 1946. He had replaced Ronald Reagan who had fractured his thigh and he also became Ida’s new husband. This thriller gets off to a top gear start over the credits when Ida Lupino as Deborah Clarke, attempts to drive down a steep mountain road in a car whose brakes have been disabled. When the car plunges into the river and all seems lost Deborah’s voice over begins a flashback as she accuses the seemingly grieving husband, Seldon Clark (Stephen McNally) of murder!!! Deborah is going to New York as she is fed up with Seldon’s inattentiveness and her father has no time for him either, he says he comes from a long line of people he has no reason to be proud of. But Seldon has a determined mania to build up his once prosperous family name and make it great again. On the morning of her departure word comes that her father has had a fatal fall from the factory and, not surprisingly, Seldon is there to pick up the pieces. When the couple arrive at their honeymoon cabin they are met by Patricia (Peggy Dow), Seldon’s cast off mistress and the way he attacks her should make Deborah have second thoughts. It is a highly dramatic scene as she tells Deborah a few home truths about her upstanding husband, like why he had been inattentive to her early on and even raising suspicions about her father’s death. Deborah manages to run to the car but almost too late she realises she is soon to become Seldon’s second victim. Ida Lupino’s intense displays of fright and fear really carry this movie off. There is a splendid scene in a stairwell. Deborah has met Keith Ramsey (Duff), a college man working at a magazine counter, and really begins to trust again. Unfortunately Keith has seen an ad in the paper where her husband is begging for information about his “poor deranged wife” and Deborah’s erratic behaviour has Keith believing in Seldon’s story. He telephones Seldon giving him Deborah’s location and suddenly Seldon is there, in the middle of a salesmen’s convention, cornering her in a lonely stairwell. It is really a thrilling scene as McNally proved in “Johnny Belinda” he could be an unspeakable villain and he really lets all stops out when he is trying to throw Deborah down the stairs. Another great scene involves the climax which takes place at night in her father’s factory. Deborah is fleeing an ambulance which has been ordered to take her to the local mental hospital. She hopes that with Patricia’s help (after all she did witness Seldon’s treatment of her in the cabin) she will have enough evidence to put Seldon in prison, but Patricia is still not over her infatuation of him. Although Ida puts both McNally and Duff in the shade, beautiful Peggy Dow makes the most of her scenes as the deluded Patricia. Dow could have been a major star, she was beautiful and sultry and proved in this movie, only her second, that she could handle dramatic scenes with verve but within a year she had retired for married life.
Country: United States
Duration: 92 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Also known as: In het nauw gedreven,Bodas sangrientas,Femeie în ascunziş,Entre o Amor e a Morte,Mujer oculta,L’araignée,Det gäller mitt liv,Donna in fuga,Woman in Hiding,A Mulher Perseguida,Fugitive from Terror,Frau auf der Flucht,Kuoleman portaat,I zoi mou kindynevei,Dein Leben in meiner Hand,En kvinde holder sig skjult,Femme aux abois