The Wicked Lady (1945)


(out of 5)

Juicy melodrama from Gainsborough Pictures that once again shows off star  to great effect.  Lockwood plays a beautiful woman with dark purpose who steals her best friend’s lover in 17th century England and plunges him into a miserable marriage, he because he quickly realizes his error and she because she discovers that being rich and comfortable is incredibly boring.  After her gambling debts become too much for her to manage, Lockwood decides to pursue the high life by spending her nights disguised as a highway bandit, teaming up with a badass thief () and getting her kicks robbing wealthy travelers on the county roads.  It’s thrilling and hopelessly judgmental, a gorgeously photographed epic with heavy-handed direction and feathery substance.  In short, you’ll hate yourself for loving it, so watch it anyway.

Gainsborough Pictures

United Kingdom, 1945

Directed by

Screenplay by Leslie Arliss, additional dialogue by , , based on the novel The Life And Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden

Film Editing by Terence Fisher


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