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Born to Be Bad (1950)

Filmnoir | 94 minutes
3,15 23 votes

Genre: Filmnoir / Drama

Duration: 94 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Stars: Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan and Zachary Scott

IMDb score: 6,7 (2.595)

Releasedate: 28 September 1950

Born to Be Bad plot

"Women hated her...but men DESIRED her!"

Temptress Christabel (Joan Fontaine) who wants to keep two men on a leash at the same time, hijacks a wealthy businessman (Zachary Scott) from his wife while enjoying the whims of a writer (Robert Ryan). He sees her through, but is nevertheless in love with her.

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Christabel Caine Carey

Nick Bradley

Curtis Carey

Donna Foster

Gabriel 'Gobby' Broome

Aunt Clara Caine

Arthur, Curtis' Butler

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Made at a time when bad and manipulative behavior of women could still be exposed.

Compare that with now, where in a series like She-Hulk or even more so Captain Marvel, the main actress portrays a terribly annoying narcissistic character, but in which that behavior apparently should be perfectly normal in public opinion.

No, give me a time when women still had to answer for their bad actions

(even though she can easily get away with this).

Joan Fontaine gives a fine performance as the manipulative Christabel and Robert Ryan is also doing well in his role.

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