- The Unholy Wife
name = The Unholy Wife
image_size = 150
caption = Theatrical poster
producer = John Farrow
William Durkee Jonathan Latimer
Diana Dors Rod Steiger
editing = Eda Warren
June 24 1957
runtime = 94 minutes
language = English
amg_id = 1:51856
imdb_id = 0051136
"The Unholy Wife" is a color
film noir1957 drama film produced and directed by John Farrow. The screenplay was written by William Durkeeand Jonathan Latimer. [imdb title|id=0051136|title=The Unholy Wife.]
The film is about a "
femme fatale" named Phyllis ( Diana Dors) who tells her sordid story from her prison cell.
The film begins with Phyllis (
Diana Dors) telling her story in flashbacks. It begins how she meets rich vinter Paul Hochen ( Rod Steiger) from Napa Valleyin a bar and marries him soon after.
Not long after the marriage, Phyllis begins having an affair with a local rodeo rider, seeing him every time her husband is away, which is frequently. One night, Phyllis' elderly mother-in-law (
Beulah Bondi) thinks a burglar is breaking into the house, so she calls the police.
Phyllis sees this as an opportunity to kill her husband and blame the burglar for the crime. The plan backfires a day later when Phyllis instead kills her husband's best friend. Not wanting to go to jail, she convinces her husband to confess to the killing and they concoct a story that would set him free after the trial.
Unfortunately for her husband, Phyllis lies at the trial and he is put away for murder. The "unholy" wife finally get the punishment she deserves when her mother-in-law dies of poisoning and the blame goes to Phyllis, who is sent to prison--for a crime she had nothing to do with.
Diana Dorsas Phyllis Hochen
Rod Steigeras Paul Hochen
Tom Tryonas San Sanders
Beulah Bondias Emma Hochen
Marie Windsoras Gwen
Arthur Franzas Father Stephen Hochen
Luis Van Rootenas Ezra Benton
Joe De Santisas Gino Verdugo
Argentina Brunettias Theresa
* Steve Pendleton as Deputy Bob Watkins
Douglas Spenceras Judge
* Gary Hunley as Michael
* James Burke as Sheriff Tom Watling
Tol Averyas Dist. Atty. Carl Kramer
The film has received mixed reviews. Dennis Schwartz at the "Ozus' World Movie Reviews" web site called the film, "A ponderous melodrama that even becomes more awkward by the film's end." [ [http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.movies.reviews/msg/3f00744318482f9a Schwartz, Dennis] . Ozus' World Review, July 22, 2001. Last accessed:
December 5, 2007.]
* [http://filmnoir.suddenlaunch3.com/index.cgi?board=video&action=display&num=1182862743 "The Unholy Wife"] trailer at Back Alley Noir
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