Black Widow

Black Widow

DVD - 2008
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Nancy Ordway is an aspiring writer hoping to make it big in New York at the expense of everyone around her, including Broadway producer Peter Denver, who reluctantly lets her use his apartment to work during the day. And when Peter's wife, Iris, comes home from a trip to find Nancy dead in the bathroom, the assigned detective, Lt. Bruce, soon realizes this assumed suicide is more likely a murder. Everyone Ordway knew is suddenly suspect while a series of flashbacks reveal the plan she was weaving to climb the social ladder.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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voisjoe1 Apr 06, 2013

Gene Tierney, famous for her roles in “Laura” and “The Ghost and Mr. Muir,” seemed to have a much understated role in this film. It may be her last film before she was tragically beset with problems of mental illness some time after catching German measles while preganant. This film, unlike the majority of Tierney’s films (beautiful black and white and 1.33x1), was filmed in Technicolor and Cinemascope (2.35 by 1 aspect ratio). It seems strange to film this in 2.35, as the most repetitious scene may be just a wide view on the New York City skyline from an apartment window. While it is called a film noir, it certainly was way below Tierney’s noir performances in “Whirlpool” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends, “ (this last film perhaps trying to reprise the excellence of “Laura”). I give it an extra ½ star for Van Heflin (the real star portraying a hapless man trying to figure out why he is being accused of being an adulterer and a murderer.

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