The Story of Molly X

The Story of Molly X is a 1949 film noir crime film directed by Crane Wilbur and starring June Havoc, John Russell and Dorothy Hart.[1] The screenplay concerns a woman who tries to reform after being sent to prison, but faces obstacles.

The Story of Molly X
Directed byCrane Wilbur
Produced byAaron Rosenberg
Written byCrane Wilbur
StarringJune Havoc
John Russell
Dorothy Hart
Music byMilton Schwarzwald
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 1949 (1949-11)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


After her husband is killed, a woman executes a series of robberies with his gang while searching for his murderer.[2]



Bosley Crowther, critic for The New York Times, was unimpressed, writing, "there is little of substance or excitement in 'The Story of Molly X.'"[3] He found the story and actors unconvincing: "... this film ... carries a great deal more sentiment than conviction. Miss Havoc may look mighty sweet but she certainly does not overwhelm you with a sense of her cold recalcitrance ... And the females with whom she is surrounded in this penal institute seem not much more wicked or unsocial than the young ladies in a Connecticut finishing school."[3]


  1. Rode, Alan K. (2012). Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy. McFarland. ISBN 9781476600352. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. Keaney, Michael F. (May 20, 2015). Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959. McFarland. p. 404. ISBN 9780786491551. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. Bosley Crowther (December 2, 1949). "'The Story of Molly X' New Feature at Criterion". The New York Times.
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