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Fatal Lady (1936)





Cast overview:
Mary Ellis ... Marion Stuart / Maria Delasano / Malevo
Walter Pidgeon ... David Roberts
John Halliday ... Martan Fontes
Ruth Donnelly ... Melba York
Alan Mowbray ... Uberto Malla
Guy Bates Post ... Feodor Glinka
Samuel S. Hinds ... Guili Ruffano
Norman Foster ... Phillip Roberts
Edgar Kennedy ... Rudolf Hochstetter
Jean Rouverol ... Anita


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Musical | Mystery


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English | French

Release Date:

15 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dama Fatídica See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


The Death Song
Music and Lyrics by Boris Morros
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Mary Ellis Runs from Bad Luck
9 May 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Opera singer Marion Stuart (Mary Ellis) is about to make her starring debut in New York when she's questioned about the death of a friend in Texas. She flops and flees to Brazil where she works under an assumed name in the chorus. She gets another chance to star in an opera but she's implicated in another murder. This time she flees to Paris where she sings in a nightclub as Maleveo, Siren of Song. But bad luck continues to pursue her.

She's also stalked by a rich young man (Norman Foster) and his disapproving brother (Walter Pidgeon) as she careens from job to job. The older brother believes she is guilty until....

Ellis is terrific as the plagued singer, and Pidgeon is solid as the reluctant leading man. Co-stars include John Halliday as the arts patron, Edgar Kennedy as the manager, Ruth Donnelly as his wife, Guy Bates Post as Glinka, and Frank Puglia as Felipe.

This is one of three 1930s films Mary Ellis starred in at Paramount. She also starred in 2 British films in the 1930s but was more successful on Broadway and the operatic stage.

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