Wicked Woman (film)

Wicked Woman is a 1953 American low-budget film noir film directed by Russell Rouse and starring Beverly Michaels, Richard Egan, Percy Helton, and Evelyn Scott. The film was written by Rouse and Clarence Greene.[1][2]

Wicked Woman
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRussell Rouse
Produced byClarence Greene
Screenplay by
  • Clarence Greene
  • Russell Rouse
Music byBuddy Baker
CinematographyEdward Fitzgerald
Edited byChester W. Schaeffer
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 9, 1953 (1953-12-09) (United States)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States


A blonde floozy (Beverly Michaels) drifts into town and gets a job as a waitress at a local bar. She sets her sights on the bar's handsome owner, who is married to an alcoholic. Her plans are for the two of them to take the bar's money and skip to Mexico but a boarder (Percy Helton) at the rooming house where she is staying discovers her plans, and he comes up with a plan of his own.



The film was known as Free and Easy and was the first leading role for Richard Egan.[3]


The New York Times called the film a "misguided little melodrama" that "manages to squander some persuasively realistic upholstery".[4]


  1. "'Con' Game Motivates Melodrama". Los Angeles Times. February 11, 1954. p. A15.
  2. Wicked Woman at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. Actor Muscles Way Into Fatter Roles: Richard Egac Muscles Way Into Fatter Roles Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]02 Aug 1953: D1.
  4. The New York Times, film review, March 27, 1954. Accessed: July 6, 2013.
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