Nicholas Ray
USA 1950
90 min

One of the most oft-revived of the pre-Technicolor Nicholas Ray efforts, Born to Be Bad offers us the spectacle of Joan Fontaine portraying a character described as «a cross between Lucrezia Borgia and Peg O'My Heart». For the benefit of her wealthy husband Zachary Scott and his family, Fontaine adopts a facade of wide-eyed sweetness. Bored with her hubby, she inaugurates a romance with novelist Robert Ryan. All her carefully crafted calculations come acropper when both men discover that she's a bitch among bitches. Originally slated for filming in 1946, with Henry Fonda scheduled to play the Robert Ryan part, Born to Be Bad was cancelled, then resurfaced in 1948, this time with Barbara Bel Geddes in the Fontaine role. RKO head Howard Hughes' decision to replace Bel Geddes with the more bankable Fontaine was one of the reasons that producer Dore Schary left RKO in favor of MGM. (Hal Erickson)

  • Joan Fontaine - Eve Graham
  • Mel Ferrer
  • Robert Ryan
  • Zachary Scott
  • Joan Leslie
  • Harold Vermilyea
  • Edith Sommer
  • Charles Schnee nach einer Vorlage von Anne Parrish
  • Nicholas Musuraca
  • Clem Portman
  • Phil Brigandi
  • Frederic Knudtson
  • Frederick Hollander
  • Jack Okey
  • Albert S. D'Agostino
  • Michael Woulfe
  • Hattie Carnegie
RKO Radio Pictures
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35 mm
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