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Fatal Lady (1936)

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73 min | Musical, Mystery, Romance

On her debut as an opera star, Mary Stuart is interrogated and possibly implicated in the death of a male acquaintance. Released, although thoroughly shaken-up, Mary attempts to perform but loses her voice onstage. Humiliated, but driven ...See moreOn her debut as an opera star, Mary Stuart is interrogated and possibly implicated in the death of a male acquaintance. Released, although thoroughly shaken-up, Mary attempts to perform but loses her voice onstage. Humiliated, but driven to sing, she travels to South America under the assumed name of Maria Delasano, and works in an opera company under the tutelage of Feodor Glinka, who wants her to shun men and save herself for her art. Mary resists the persistent attentions of wealthy young Phil Roberts, who follows the company in hopes of marrying her. Phil's brother David distrusts her lack of interest in Phil, believing it to be a ploy to entrap him for his wealth. After a successful performance, Mary is courted by Uberto Malla, a wealthy patron, and Martan Fontes, director of an opera company in Rio. Malla proposes to Maria and offers her a position in the company in Rio, but she declines. While they are play-acting a scene, Malla is killed, and Mary is suspected as the murderer. She is acquitted, however, and travels with her agents Melba York and Rudy Hochstetter to Paris, with the hopeful Phil in tow. The negative publicity surrounding the murder has reduced Mary to performing in a nightclub as "Malevo, Siren of Song." Although Mary is adamant in her rejection, Phil persists in pursuing her until he is killed while waiting in a car for David. Seeing a connection between the marriage proposals and the murders, David poses as Mary's new suitor to trap the murderer, whom they suspect to be Fontes. The ruse works, and after falling from a catwalk over the stage, the murderer is revealed to be Glinka, who confesses before his death. Mary and David are united in love. See less
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Writers
Harry Segall (original story) | Samuel Ornitz (screenplay) | Horace McCoy (screenplay) | William R. Lipman (adaptation) | Tiffany Thayer (additional dialogue)
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Ernest J. Nims (as Ernest Nims)
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May 15, 1936 (United States)

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73 cast members
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Mary Ellis
Marion Stuart / Maria Delasano / Malevo Marion Stuart / Maria Delasano / Malevo   See fewer
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Walter Pidgeon
David Roberts David Roberts   See fewer
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John Halliday
Martan Fontes Martan Fontes   See fewer
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Ruth Donnelly
Melba York Melba York   See fewer
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Alan Mowbray
Uberto Malla Uberto Malla   See fewer
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Guy Bates Post
Feodor Glinka Feodor Glinka   See fewer
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Samuel S. Hinds
Guili Ruffano Guili Ruffano   See fewer
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Norman Foster
Phillip Roberts Phillip Roberts   See fewer
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Edgar Kennedy
Rudolf Hochstetter Rudolf Hochstetter   See fewer
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Enrique Acosta
Paris Cafe Guest (uncredited) Paris Cafe Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Virginia Ainsworth
Brazilian Opera Troupe (uncredited) Brazilian Opera Troupe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mariska Aldrich
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Russ Bell
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Ward Bond
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Eugene Borden
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Maurice Brierre
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Don Brodie
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Rosa Caprino
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Maurice Cass
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Albert Conti
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D'Arcy Corrigan
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Catherine Courtney
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Paul Ellis
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Fern Emmett
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Charles Fallon
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Gaston Glass
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Robert Graves
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Virginia Lee
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Marie Melesh
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Edmund Mortimer
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Henry Oliver
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Manuel París
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Philip Sleeman
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Arturo Turich
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7.1 / 10 | 37 votes