Film noir, a classic film style of the '40s and '50s, is noted for its dark themes, stark camera angles and high-contrast lighting. Comprising many of Hollywood's finest films, film noir tells realistic stories about crime, mystery, femmes fatales and moral conflict. "Glamour, charm, suspense, excitement" (Los Angeles Examiner) are packed into this "skillfully played" (Newsweek), "cold-blooded melodrama" (Citizen-News) boasting a stunning all-star cast including Otto Kruger, Van Helfin, Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers, Reginald Gardiner and more! Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) is an aspiring writer hoping to make it big in New York at the expense of everyone around her, including Broadway producer Peter Denver (Helfin), who reluctantly lets her use his apartment to work during the day. And when Peter's wife Iris (Tierney) comes home from a trip to find Nancy dead in the bathroom, the assigned detective, Lt. Bruce (George Raft), soon realizes this assumed suicide is more likely a murder. Everyone Ordway knew is suddenly suspect while a series of flashbacks reveal the plan she was weaving to climb the social ladder...

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Black Widow (1954)

Unrated

Mystery/Film-Noir/Drama · 1h 35m

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Film noir, a classic film style of the '40s and '50s, is noted for its dark themes, stark camera angles and high-contrast lighting. Comprising many of Hollywood's finest films, film noir tells realistic stories about crime, mystery, femmes fatales and moral conflict. "Glamour, charm, suspense, excitement" (Los Angeles Examiner) are packed into this "skillfully played" (Newsweek), "cold-blooded melodrama" (Citizen-News) boasting a stunning all-star cast including Otto Kruger, Van Helfin, Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers, Reginald Gardiner and more! Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) is an aspiring writer hoping to make it big in New York at the expense of everyone around her, including Broadway producer Peter Denver (Helfin), who reluctantly lets her use his apartment to work during the day. And when Peter's wife Iris (Tierney) comes home from a trip to find Nancy dead in the bathroom, the assigned detective, Lt. Bruce (George Raft), soon realizes this assumed suicide is more likely a murder. Everyone Ordway knew is suddenly suspect while a series of flashbacks reveal the plan she was weaving to climb the social ladder...

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Cast
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Ginger Rogers

Carlotta 'Lottie' Marin
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Van Heflin

Peter Denver
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Gene Tierney

Iris Denver
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George Raft

Detective Lt. C.A. Bruce
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Peggy Ann Garner

Nancy 'Nanny' Ordway
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Reginald Gardiner

Brian Mullen
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Virginia Leith

Claire Amberly
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Otto Kruger

Gordon Ling
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Cathleen Nesbitt

Lucia Colletti
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Skip Homeier

John Amberly
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Hilda Simms

Anne
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Mabel Albertson

Sylvia (uncredited)
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Bea Benaderet

Mrs. Franklin Walsh (uncredited)
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Nesdon Booth

Police A.P.B. Man (uncredited)
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Paul Bradley

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Steve Carruthers

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Harry Carter

Police Sgt. Welch (uncredited)
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Paul Cristo

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Oliver Cross

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Frances Curry

Maid (uncredited)
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Richard H. Cutting

Police Sgt. Owens (uncredited)
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Anthony De Mario

Tony - Bartender (uncredited)
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Franklyn Farnum

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Dick Gordon

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Robert Haines

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Kenner G. Kemp

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Paul Kruger

Policeman (uncredited)
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Virginia Maples

Model (uncredited)
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Harold Miller

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Forbes Murray

Man in Hallway (uncredited)
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Monty O'Grady

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Cosmo Sardo

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Jeffrey Sayre

Photographer (uncredited)
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Aaron Spelling

Mr. Oliver (uncredited)
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Bert Stevens

Party Guest (uncredited)
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James Stone

Fritz - Stage Door Attendant (uncredited)
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Arthur Tovey

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Michael Vallon

Coal Dealer (uncredited)
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Geraldine Wall

Gwen Mills (uncredited)
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Pat White

Party Guest in Red Dress (uncredited)
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Frank Wilcox

Zachary Paige (uncredited)
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Wilson Wood

Costume Designer (uncredited)
Crew
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Nunnally Johnson

Director
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Nunnally Johnson

Writer
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Hugh Wheeler

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Black Widow

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/11/2008

Disc Title Front Cover

Black Widow

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

10/16/2018

Disc Title Front Cover

Black Widow

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/11/2008

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