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Russell Metty's gorgeous low-key camerawork sets the tone for this Edwardian chiller with a wonderfully moody opening sequence at a fortune-teller's where Fontaine learns that her destiny is to become a murderess. Demurely grasping ambition aiding, she is soon on her way to black widowhood by poisoning her husband, framing her lover, and setting her sights on the next victim. Based on a novel by Mrs Belloc Lowndes (of The Lodger) and given an exquisite period gloss by William Cameron Menzies' designs, it's a little bland but a real pleasure on the eye.

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Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sam Wood
Screenwriter: Charles Bennett
Cast: Patric Knowles
Henry Stephenson
Herbert Marshall
Cedric Hardwicke
Joan Fontaine
Richard Ney
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