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No Man of Her Own (1950)

Barbara Stanwyck , John Lund , Mitchell Leisen  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl, Lyle Bettger, Phyllis Thaxter
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen
  • Writers: Cornell Woolrich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006X0ZN3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A woman is torn between a comfortable lie and the painful truth in this classic Film Noir. Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck assumes another woman's identity after surviving a train accident in this haunting drama based on a Cornell Woolrich (under the pseudonym, William Irish) novel, I Married a Dead Man. Eventually her past catches up to her when her crooked ex-lover (Lyle Bettger) arrives in town, demanding money to keep her true identity a secret. Beautifully photographed by legendary cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp (The Big Clock). Directed by Mitchell Leisen (Midnight).

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanwyck was the Greatest! April 5, 2012
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I remember first seeing this film as a young teenager on the late show. I'm so glad it has been released on DVD. I won't go into specifics on the story because that has been done by previous reviewers. What I will say is that the DVD transfer is excellent....both sight and sound. Stanwyck was positively the greatest actress of her generation and possibly the greatest actress of all time. So honest, sincere and talented. This film shows her at the peak of her craft....a true artist. The story is engaging and keeps you in suspense from the first moment to the last. Not one wasted reel. Directed by Mitchell Leisen, it is film noir at its best. The interesting thing about this film is that Stanwyck did all her stunts in the train wreck scene, along with Phyllis Thaxter. Jane Cowl is deliciously sympathetic as the grandmother. Lyle Bettger is a true menace and John Lund, though bland, is made to look good by Stanwyck. This is one of her best!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistaken Identity March 30, 2012
Barbara Stanwyck had one of her best roles in this solid suspense film. She plays Helen, a pregnant young woman fleeing her worthless lover (Lyle Bettger). On the train out of town, she meets Patrice Harkness (Phyllis Thaxter), a bride of her age and general description, who's on her way with her groom to meet her rich in-laws for the first time. When the train crashes and the newlyweds are both killed, the desperate Helen sees a chance at a new life for herself and her unborn child. So Helen becomes Patrice, and she's accepted by the dead woman's in-laws and taken into their home. Her new "family" is kind to her, and the dead groom's brother (John Lund) even falls for her. Everything's like a dream come true--until the creepy ex-boyfriend shows up with blackmail on his mind...

NO MAN OF HER OWN is based on the novel I Married a Dead Man (The Best Mysteries of All Time) by Cornell Woolrich, and it's one of several great films based on his wonderful stories. Other Woolrich movie adaptations are Rear Window (Universal Legacy Series), The Window [Remaster], Phantom Lady [VHS], and The Bride Wore Black. This film is one of my favorites, and it's much better than the 1996 remake, MRS. WINTERBOURNE, which tried to turn this dark thriller into a comedy. Take my advice and stick with the original. Highly recommended.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanwyck as an unwed Mother! February 2, 2012
I remember this as a pretty good melodrama. I believe this is the first time it's has ever been available on home video and I, for one intend to purchase it.


As the film opens, Stanwyck is pregnant. "Baby Daddy" Lyle Bettger throws her out into the street with a one-way ticket out of town. On the train, Barbara meets newlywed Phyllis Thaxter who is is also pregnant and going to see her wealthy in-laws for the first time. At Thaxter's encouragement, Stanwyck tries on Thaxter's wedding ring saying "I think this is supposed to be bad luck" and, lo and behold, the train derails in a spectacular crash. Thaxter and her husband are killed in the crash. Stanwyck is knocked unconscious and the rescuer party assumes that Stanwyck is Thaxter because of Thaxter's ring that Stanwyck is still wearing. Times being what they are, Stanwyck decides to leave well enough alone. Then, Bettger shows up again with extortion on his mind. It's a good melodrama and I can't wait to see it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck finds her strength October 23, 2013
It takes a great cast, director, crew and screenplay to turn a hoary story idea like this: a woman impersonating another (dead) woman, becoming part of the dead woman's family, and then getting visited by her dark and shady past - and turn it into something close to a masterpiece. Fortunately, director and uncredited contributor to the screenplay Mitchell Leisen, screenwriters Sally Benson and Catherine Turney (adapting a Cornell Woolrich novel), and principal cast Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Phyllis Thaxter, Jane Cowl and Lyle Bettger are around to perform the miracle, and make this into a seminal woman-in-danger noir.

As the film begins, the pregnant Stanwyck character is thrown over by scumbag boyfriend Bettger, and given a trainride out of town. On the train she meets a sympathetic couple, also about to have a child, and the woman lets her try on her wedding ring while they are in the ladies' room. You know what's going to happen now don't you? Well, if you can't guess I won't spoil it. In any case, Stanwyck is soon mistakenly adopted into a new family with her new baby, but it's a rich family, and somehow slimy Bettger finds out... Stanwyck is just marvellous in a role that calls for a lot of bewilderment and uncertainty, and only a gradual show of the kind of strength that the actress demonstrated time and again; Lund is excellent as the sympathetic brother-in-law who wants to be more, and Bettger, wow, what a great creep. There's a bit of great location work at a train station which combines strikingly well with the Paramount sets used for the rest of it, and a lovely Olde New England stuffiness is beautifully communicated to contrast with the more modern and "liberated" Stanwyck character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, suspenseful, even my husband had to admit it was good
This is a definite classic, with a story that really pulls you in. Barbara Stanwyck is such a good actress. I loved it!
Published 17 days ago by M Woch
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine classic
A great example of '40s-'50s suspense film-making. Stanwyck is excellent and her character is much more interesting than you might think at first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film Noir
I have not seen the DVD but I have seen the movie several times. It is a great film noir. Stanwyck is wonderful as always. Of course the situation is contrived. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jan E. Elkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-acted film ; up to the excellence that came to be expected of...
Not as good as other top Barbara Stanwyck films , like "Stella Dallas" and " The Loves of Martha Ivers" , but nevertheless very interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack V. Carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck agave one of her best performances.
My husband and I both enjoy Barbara Stanwyck movies. She has a charisma that can't be matched. All actors were outstanding.
Published 1 month ago by Claire Lacour
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck Film
The film was not Stanwyck's best but I enjoyed it. John Lund is usually good in his roles. The plot could have been better, but it was okay.
Published 2 months ago by Janice K.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hollywood Sream Factory at its best
This is the film that made me fall in love with Stanwyck, she draws you in, first you feel sorry then you start loving her when she refuses to accept her share of the inheritance,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Toby T. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable movie
This movie is enjoyable the plot was put over well the acting was came across well and I would recommend it to others.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love old movies. Hadn't seen this in years, and forgot how it ended. I certainly didn't see it coming.
Published 3 months ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars original movie
I have seen the remake of this movie and this has that old fashioned thriller. Barbara Stanwyck is so great in this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim
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