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Portrait in Black / Madame X (Double Feature) (1960)

Lana Turner , John Forsythe  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Burgess Meredith, Ricardo Montalban
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XT1P48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Portrait in Black / Madame X (Double Feature)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - Portrait in Black:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - Madame X:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    PORTRAIT IN BLACK They say money can’t buy happiness, but can murder? Lana Turner and Anthony Quinn star as an adulterous couple who conspire to kill her tyrannical husband. Soon after the murder, the lovers in crime receive an anonymous letter that says only: “Dear Mrs. Cabot: Congratulations on the success of your murder.” With this alarming complication, their new life together begins unraveling as they become trapped in the realization that someone somewhere knows their dark secret. Co-starring Sandra Dee and John Saxon, Portrait in Black is a classic portrait in first-rate suspense. MADAME X Lana Turner plays one of the best roles of her career in this stunning and emotional adaptation of Alexandre Bisson’s classic play. Turner is the ill-fated Holly Anderson, blackmailed by her evil mother-in-law (Constance Bennett) into leaving her politician husband (John Forsythe) and their baby. Twenty years later, she finds herself on trial for murder, where she is defended by her own son (Keir Dullea).

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    111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    "Portrait in Black" (1960)
    San Francisco cargo ship czar, Matthew Cabot (Lloyd Nolan- Peyton Place as Dr Swain) finds himself bedfast and slowly dying as his beautiful and ultra-glamorous wife Sheila (Lana Turner) becomes more and more desperate to rid herself of a husband, due to his illness, can no longer satisfy her needs! Enter suave and sophisticated Dr. David Rivera (Anthony Quinn), who is overseeing Mr. Cabot's care, as well as his wife's desires! "Portrait in Black" is one of those delicious over-the-top glamour-soap-opera's that you just can't help indulging yourself in! Co-starring `60's teen queen, Sandra Dee as Lana and Lloyd's daughter, and handsome John Saxon as Sandra's boyfriend, the cast is pleasant to watch as this romantic drama soon becomes a clever murder mystery! You know from the moment that the movie begins, with it's glossy and glamorous color that it's a Ross Hunter production! Every detail in this film shouts "Ross Hunter glamour!" From Lana's gorgeous Oriental inspired wardrobe to the beautifully decorated homes, it's Mr. Hunter all the way! With classic romantic dramas such as, "Back Street," "Midnight Lace," and this film's double feature "Madame X," to his credit, Ross excelled with this kind of material and made some really entertaining features!

    Madame X (1966)
    Aristocratic heiress Estelle Anderson (Constance Bennett) is more than a little disappointed with her son, Clayton Anderson's (John Forsythe) choice for a bride in common girl-next-door Holly Parker (Lana Turner, looking no where near common!) so the wheels begin to be placed in motion to get rid of her! Successful rising political star, Clayton Anderson is rising to the top of the politcal arena and the toil of his success is beginning to weigh heavily on his marriage.
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars There is a God! Madame X on DVD FINALLY!!! February 5, 2008
    By Todd L.
    Madame X is Lana Turners large production leading lady swan song and it is finally on DVD. I saw this movie as a double feature back in 1967 with of all things Disney's Jungle Book! I remember that after the film ended the audience was weeping so that they didn't turn up the house lights. I was all of 3 years old and I remember that clearly! Years later I so the movie again and I wept at the ending too. It totally manipulates the viewer but it is worth it. A Ross Hunter production at its best. Gloss, glamour and Lana!
    Portrait in Black is in the same league with all of the same gloss and glamour but doen't have as rich and juciy of a story as Madame X. Now if we can only get Back Street on DVD. My VHS copy is almost worn out.
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    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SO LONG overdue!!! January 17, 2008
    Portrait in Black on DVD at last! Finally we can see this textbook lush Ross Hunter soaper in its correct widescreen format. It's about flippin' time!!! A Universal home video VHS of this film that was released about twelve years ago has been out of production for several years now. It had excellent picture and sound quality, but it was not, of course, presented in the correct widescreen (VHS tapes never are). Can't wait for this.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Cover Up Murder Cover Up Murder Cover Up...Murder February 13, 2008
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    Coming to this DVD double feature with a little history will add to your enjoyment of it - so first a DVD extra.

    There was a time when a STAR on the marquee meant money in the bank for the movie studios. Lana Turner was under contract to M-G-M for nearly twenty years. Her films had been of varying quality. The quality she most often projected was S-E-X.

    After leaving the studio, Turner still made big films with important co-stars, but most of her publicity centered on her private life. She got a big break when producer Jerry Wald offered her the starring role in his film version of the hot, hot bestseller of the day "Peyton Place" in 1957. Turner ended up with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role.

    On the night of the ceremony, Lana argued with her then boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato - later that evening, he was stabbed and killed in her home. The publicity was tremendous. In "Peyton Place", Lana's character has a long scene on the witness stand talking about her failure as a mother. At the time the scene was playing to packed houses across the United States, Turner was playing the scene in real life in the inquest on Stompanato's demise. Her daughter Cheryl had been arrested for the crime. Turner's inquest testimony is on film and is always used in television biographies on her life.

    Would her career survive? Enter producer Ross Hunter, then allied with Universal-International Studios. He offered Lana the leading role in his remake of "Imitation of Life." He didn't have money for a large salary and offered her fifty percent of the profits. Lana took it. A supporting player in the film has said that everyone on the set was very aware that this film was make or break for Turner. If the audiences rejected her, it would be over.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars GLAMOUROUS LANA AT HER BEST!!! January 23, 2008
    Can't believe my two most awaited movies from the queen of glamour, the beautiful LANA TURNER will be available at once in one dvd!!!!
    "PORTRAIT IN BLACK" has everything a good movie from the sixties must have: suspense, glamour, great technicolor picture, simply great!
    "MADAME X" is the movie I always thought Lana should win an Oscar nomination for..She's much better than in "PEYTON PLACE", her only nomination.
    It's impossible not to be impressed how she changes her looks from the begginning of the picture when she is a newly-wed socialite lovely to look at to the second part when she becomes a drunker, with proper makeup to make her look bad..I mean bad!
    The court final scenes makes the stronger, coldest people on earth have tears in their eyes, no doubt about it !
    Congratulations Universal for this wonderful gift.. I recommend it highly!!
    Jorge Carpes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Totally great movie. It's a tear jerker for sure
    Totally great movie. It's a tear jerker for sure.
    Published 3 days ago by cassidyforever
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    loved madam x as a teen enjoyed seeing it again
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    A true classic!
    Published 8 days ago by Lydia Guerra
    5.0 out of 5 stars ONE of my all time favorites A true keeper
    ONe of my all time favorite movies is Madame X starring Lana Turner - John Forsythe and Ricardo Montelban
    Published 10 days ago by xxlove
    4.0 out of 5 stars A reviewer with a problem
    JudyA - who has recently reviewed these two films, seems to have a major perception problem. She recommends them for all viewers who love old black and white movies. Hello? Read more
    Published 14 days ago by addison de witt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    good
    Published 14 days ago by tamie
    5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed immediately.
    fast service; vintage memory, enjoyed immediately.
    Published 16 days ago by Merial A. First
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great black and white movies !
    Portrait In Black and Madam X, two excellent movie's ! I recommend them both to anyone who loves old black and white movies. Be prepared to have a good cry with Madam X !
    Published 28 days ago by Judy A
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    Excellent classic movies. I have them on VHS, and am so happy to be able to purchase in a DVD.
    Published 1 month ago by Margaret R. Owens
    5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Movies
    Both movies are supremely acted by the main actors & actresses. The two emotionally powerful movies, especially Madame X are worth viewing. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jim
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