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No Man of Her Own (1950); The Mating Season (1951)

No Man of Her Own (1950)
December 2, 2012 - 7:00 pm

No Man of Her Own (1950)

Directed by Mitchell Leisen

A train accident and a case of mistaken identity gives a pregnant woman abandoned by her lover the opportunity to pass as the daughter-in-law of a wealthy couple. When her past returns to threaten her new life, she discovers the lengths she will go to escape it. Leisen’s suspenseful noir probes the possibility of reinvention and redemption.

Paramount Pictures Corp. Producer: Richard Maibaum. Screenwriter: Sally Benson, Catherine Turney. Based on a novel by William Irish. Cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp. Editor: Alma Macrorie. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl, Phyllis Thaxter, Lyle Bettger.

35mm, b/w, 98 min. 

The Mating Season (1951)

Directed by Mitchell Leisen. 

After she’s forced to close the hamburger stand her deceased husband started, Ellen McNulty goes to visit her son (Lund) only to be mistaken as a domestic by his new wife (Tierney). As Ellen, Thelma Ritter delivers a gutsy low-brow performance while Leisen deftly maneuvers through the comic and dramatic turns of the story.

Paramount Pictures Corp. Producer: Charles Brackett. Screenwriter: Charles Brackett, Richard Breen, Walter Reisch. Based on a play by Caesar Dunn. Cinematographer: Charles Lang. Editor: Frank Bracht. Cast: Thelma Ritter, Gene Tierney, John Lund, Miriam Hopkins, Jan Sterling.

16mm, b/w, 101 min.