A Woman's Devotion

1956

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir

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IMDb Rating 6 10 262

Keywords:   noir, mental illness

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Janice Rule as Stella Stevenson
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812.15 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
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1 hr 28 min
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Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10

Love mad

It was interesting to have Paul Henreid, better known as an actor, in the director's chair, with 'A Woman's Devotion' is the second film he directed out of six between 1952 and 1964. Was also looking forward to seeing Ralph Meeker in the lead role, in a type of role that seemed to fit what he was best known for on paper. Really liked the concept for the film as well, with the right execution it could have been a quite tense film that didn't hold back.

Something that 'A Woman's Devotion' mostly was, a quite tense film that doesn't sugarcoat things. Deserving of more credit instead of the practically obscure status it has now. 'A Woman's Devotion' is not perfect by all means (few films are) and doesn't completely live up to its potential, with a few disappointments and a final quarter or so that didn't seem as strong as the rest of the film. Mixed with those disappointments are a lot of good things.

'A Woman's Devotion' could have been stronger. Meeker has been a lot better than he is here and disappoints, the role is one that required tough intensity and unusually Meeker didn't have that in his performance and didn't seem that engaged in the third act.

Which generally could have done with more tension and the ending felt too abrupt.

The rest of the acting is fine though, with Janice Rule, in one of the more difficult parts, having the intensity (as well as the sensuality) that Meeker didn't have. Rosenda Monteros, very close to getting the acting honours at her best, unsettles as Maria. Henreid has the authority of his role just right. He directs with assurance, really letting the atmosphere speak in the first part and personally didn't think it took too long to get to the meat of the story.

It is the middle where 'A Woman's Devotion' is at its best, where the characters (especially Stella) are at their most interesting and investable and where the more mystery aspects are at their most engaging and suspenseful. It's a great looking film, especially the photography, and the music doesn't detract from the atmosphere. The script is lean and intriguing enough at all times and there is a suitably pull no punches approach to the material.

Overall, not a great film but worth tracking down at least. 7/10

Reviewed by dglink 6 / 10

Not That Old Amnesia Gimmick Again

Republic Pictures dragged out the tired amnesia cliche for a low-budget mystery, "A Woman's Devotion," and wasted a good cast in the process. With a title better suited to a Douglas Sirk melodrama, the film involves a young American couple on holiday in Acapulco, Mexico. The husband is an accomplished artist, and, when a young waitress that he had asked to model for him is found murdered, the local police come calling. Filmed on location by Mexican cinematographer Jorge Stahl, Jr., the film is colorful both on the Acapulco streets and waterfront and in the brightly hued hotel interiors. A young and handsome Ralph Meeker plays Trevor Stevenson, the decorated veteran, whose uncle's bequest left him sufficient funds to pursue art. Lovely Janice Rule is Trevor's wife of one year, whose trust in her husband is challenged when his hidden past is revealed. Golden Age actor Paul Henreid not only stars as Captain Monteros, the local Mexican police officer, but also directed the film.

Meeker does his best with a strange role in which he wrestles with headaches caused by loud sounds that result in war-induced amnesia; possibly being groomed for hunk parts, Meeker doffs his shirt whenever possible. Rule also has a strange role as a wife who apparently knows little about her husband's past or medical history; despite professing belief in her husband's story, she is quick to seek an escape from the country. Henreid plays himself and sprinkles his Austrian accent with a few words of Spanish to pass as Mexican in an undemanding role. The film is also of note because two of the women guests at the hotel are evidently a same-sex couple, and their presence passes without comment. Unfortunately, Robert Hill's story and screenplay are undistinguished, cliched, and predictable. The three leads have all done better work both before and after; Meeker on Broadway and Television, Rule in Film, and Henreid both in classic Hollywood movies and as a director, notably for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" on Television. "A Woman's Devotion" is not a highlight on any of their resumes.

Reviewed by Bucs1960 7 / 10

A Disturbing Film

This film, directed by accomplished actor, Paul Henreid who also plays the police captain, is a dark and disturbing film entry in the noir genre. It stars Ralph Meeker, as a returning WWII veteran who is suffering from what they called in those day, "shell shock". He gets involved with a local bar girl in Mexico and later she is found dead in a hotel room. A maid finds a clue implicating Meeker and she, in concert with the dead girl's boyfriend. try a little blackmail. This leads to another murder and Meeker is in deep trouble. The denouement takes place at the airport and Meeker come out on the short end of the stick.

We are left to draw our own conclusions as to whether Meeker actually committed the murders or not. That may be seen as a shortcoming of the film but it makes you remember this little gem. Very competent film making by Henreid.

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