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
Production
company
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 1949 (1949-11)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Premise

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

Cast

Reception

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]

References

  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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