No Man of Her Own
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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my star ratings come not from knowledge of cinematic technique or any of that. I watch movies for the story, and this one is a classic. OK, call it a chick flick. I liked it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by nozama
Great movie! Can't believe I never saw this before. Don't read the info on it, it spoils it.Published 6 days ago by Jersey4
I loved everything thing about this movie. First class all the way. LOVED IT!!!! Usually anything with Barbara Stanwych is going to be great.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not worth the rental. I can't understand why this movie isn't offered as part of Prime - it was a wasted $3.99. Read morePublished 26 days ago by RJM402
I am a Barbara Stanwyck fan. The movie was good. I did not see the end coming which made it interesting.Published 29 days ago by Lizanne
Great movie. Started a little slow but soon the drama and suspense were captivating. Almost didn't watch it but we'll watch again and highly recommend.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer