The Strange Woman is a noir film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Hedy Lamarr. In its original review of the film, The New York Times wrote:
Undoubtedly every actress this side of ten yearns for a tour de force and Hedy Lamarr, who plays the title role in “The Strange Woman” … can consider that yearning wholly realized. For the somber drama of a Suave sinner in Bangor, Me., of a century ago affords Miss Lamarr her meatiest assignment in years, a chance at large chunks of choice dialogue and an opportunity to wear a wardrobe that won’t go unnoticed by the ladies. But as a study of a singular distaff temperament set off by a coterie of ruined males, this adaptation of Ben Ames Williams’ best-selling novel of a few years back has a way of telegraphing its punches. A revealing dissection of a predatory femme fatale it nevertheless lacks motivation for some of its supporting players, pace and suspense to make it completely moving drama.
In its own write-up on the film, the website Film Noir of the Week calls The Strange Woman “a film unfairly neglected in the filmography of Edgar G. Ulmer. It also is the least talked about of the ‘trilogy’ of femme fatale ‘heroine’ pictures made in 1946, the other two being the famous Gilda and the infamous Decoy.”
Now in the public domain, you can watch The Strange Woman above. It’s also housed in our collection of 60+ Free Noir films, a subset of our collection, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, Documentaries & More.
You’ll also find an another Edgar Ulmer noir film there, Detour.
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