The Wicked Lady The Wicked Lady
  • United Kingdom
  • 1945
  • 104 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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Margaret Lockwood devours the screen as a tightly wound seventeenth-century beauty with loose morals, who steals her best friend’s wealthy fiancé on the eve of their wedding. And that’s only the beginning of this piece of pulp from director Leslie Arliss—there are no depths to which this sinful woman won’t sink. James Mason costars, and nearly steals the movie, as a highwayman with whom our antiheroine becomes entangled. This nasty, subversive treat was the most commercially successful of all the Gainsborough melodramas.

Cast

Barbara WorthMargaret Lockwood
Captain Jerry Jackson James Mason
CarolinePatricia Roc
Sir Ralph SkeltonGriffith Jones
Kit LocksbyMichael Rennie
HogarthFelix Aylmer
Lady Henrietta KingsclereEnid Stamp Taylor
Jackson’s doxyJean Kent

Credits

DirectorLeslie Arliss
ProducerR. J. Minney
From the novel The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton byMagdalen King-Hall
ScreenplayLeslie Arliss
Additional dialogue byGordon Glennon and Aimée Stuart
CinematographyJack Cox
EditorTerence Fisher
Art directorJohn Bryan
Musical directionLouis Levy

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

By Michael Koresky October 09, 2012

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a populace seeking escapism. Read more »

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October 11, 2012


Film Essays

Madonnaof7moons_1432_003_current_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

By Michael Koresky October 09, 2012

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a populace seeking escapism. Read more »