The Black Widow (October 22, 1951)

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The Black Widow
 

Released on October 22, 1951: A woman and her lover plan the second death of her husband after their first attempt fails.

Produced by Anthony Hinds

Directed by Vernon Sewell

The Actors: Christine Norden (Christine Sherwin), Robert Ayres (Mark Sherwin), Jennifer Jayne (Sheila Kemp), Anthony Forwood (Paul Kenton), John Longden (Mr. Kemp), John Harvey (Doctor Wallace), Reginald Dyson (Police Sergeant), Joan Carol (first hotel desk clerk), Madoline Thomas (Sherwin ex-housekeeper), Jill Hulbert (Helen, Kemp's maid), Bill Hodge (second hotel desk clerk)

 

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Christine's Not Really Your Type . . .

A man is driving along a lonely country road when he sees a body lying in the road ahead. When the driver tries to help the man, he is conked over the head and the man takes the driver's wallet, identification and car, driving off and leaving the car's owner out cold. The thief drives off and crashes over a cliff, dying in the exploding car. Of course the world assumes that the dead man is the owner of the car, and the real owner has amnesia and has no idea who he is. When Mark Sherwin, played by Robert Ayres, returns to his home and discovers his grieving widow it looks like rainbows and happy days ahead . . . Mark's grieving widow Christine, played by Christine Norden, tells Mark how happy she is that he is alive. She tells him that she has called the police to clear up the confusion and has called the undertaker to remove the casket in the parlor that contains the burned body of the thief. But Mark looks out the window as the undertaker is removing the coffin and sees his wife dressed in black and going with the casket. He follows and is just in time to see his own funeral, complete with grieving widow. She has not told anyone that her husband is still alive, and the world believes him to be dead . . . the world and her lover Paul, who is Mark's best friend. Now what is Mark to do? He knows that his wife wants the world to think that he is dead . . . the only reason could be that she and her lover intend to kill him tonight. Forewarned is usually forearmed, but we are not convinced that Mark can outwit the plans of Christine and her lover as they join him in evening dress for the final hours of Mark Sherwin. When the shot rings out while Christine is answering the door, the suspense and intrigue are ratcheted up another notch and our knuckles will be getting even whiter, as the hair stands up on the back of our neck. There is no more treacherous creature than the Black Widow. One note about the print - Hopefully one day I will find a better copy, but the only copy that I could find was recorded from an old television presentation many years ago, and the contrast is poor, and a couple of spots the film freezes for a moment before continuing, but don't be put off by that, because this story is deliciously devious, twisted . . . and evil. Unfortunately the only surviving print of this story that I could find is very worn . . . I purchased three different copies from collectors in three different countries and each is as bad as the other . . . But if you can deal with the faded, overexposed print, you are in for a wonderful crime adventure. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Christine Norden holds a gun on Robert Ayres
Christine Norden holds a gun on Robert Ayres
Anthony Forwood
Anthony Forwood
Anthony Forwood and Christine Norden
Anthony Forwood and Christine Norden
Anthony Forwood
Anthony Forwood
Anthony Forwood in evening dress
Anthony Forwood in evening dress
Bill Hodge
Bill Hodge
Christine Norden
Christine Norden
Christine Norden, Madoline Thomas and Anthony Forwood
Christine Norden, Madoline Thomas and Anthony Forwood
Christine Norden, Robert Ayres and Anthony Forwood
Christine Norden, Robert Ayres and Anthony Forwood
Christine Norden and Jennifer Jayne
Christine Norden and Jennifer Jayne
Christine Norden
Christine Norden
Robert Ayres and Christine Norden
Robert Ayres and Christine Norden
Christine Norden
Christine Norden
Jennifer Jayne and Madoline Thomas
Jennifer Jayne and Madoline Thomas
Jennifer Jayne and Robert Ayres
Jennifer Jayne and Robert Ayres
Jennifer Jayne, Robert Ayres and John Longden
Jennifer Jayne, Robert Ayres and John Longden
Jennifer Jayne and Robert Ayres
Jennifer Jayne and Robert Ayres
Jennifer Jayne
Jennifer Jayne
Joan Carol and Robert Ayres
Joan Carol and Robert Ayres
John Harvey
John Harvey
John Harvey
John Harvey
John Harvey
John Harvey
John Longden
John Longden
John Longden, John Harvey and Jennifer Jayne
John Longden, John Harvey and Jennifer Jayne
Mark Sherwin and John Harvey
Mark Sherwin and John Harvey
Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres and Anthony Forwood
Robert Ayres and Anthony Forwood
Robert Ayres and Joan Carol
Robert Ayres and Joan Carol
Robert Ayres and John Harvey
Robert Ayres and John Harvey
Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres