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Wicked Lady

  Wicked Lady Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
4.40 /10
Margaret Lockwood, James Mason , Griffith Jones
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Directed by: Leslie Arliss
Written by: Leslie Arliss

Released: 1945
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 104

17th century housewife (Margaret Lockwood , pictured) turns highway-woman.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Now regarded as a camp classic for its delightfully unconvincing sense of period and banal dialogue, this was Gainsborough Films' most successful costume adventure, more thanks to Lockwood's plunging neckline (which meant some scenes had to be reshot for America) than because of any artistic merits. Contemporary critics predictably hated it; but it had escapist appeal for women who had worked during the war, but were suddenly expected to return to domesticity. Remade in 1983 by Michael Winner, with his usual lack of taste.

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