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Sunday, January 4, 2015

"A Woman's Face" (1941)

A great Joan Crawford potboiler. She's a bitter blackmailing evildoer on trial for murder. Why? We're to believe it's because a childhood fire scarred half her face. Ugly can make you bitter. But handsome cosmetic surgeon Melvyn Douglas thinks he can fix her mug (and her wayward ways). If only she weren't involved with that perennial baddie Conrad Veidt who wants to deepsix his wealthy 4-year-old brat of a nephew to collect the family fortune. Confused yet? Don't be. This melodramatic thriller boasts some suspenseful setpieces and La Crawford giving it her all despite the Quasimodo makeup. A hoot. 

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