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This Woman Is Dangerous [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Joan Crawford , Dennis Morgan , Felix E. Feist    DVD

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars every inch a lady 26 May 2009
By JGC - Published on
Who writes these descriptions? "This Woman is Dangerous" was never considered a classic. I wouldn't even consider it a cult-classic (like "Johnny Guitar", "Torch Song" or "Harriet Craig"). Instead, it's a little-known picture that most of Joan's newer generation of fans (anyone under 25, like myself) have likely never seen because it has never been released on any format until now.

After a string of unsuccessful films, this was Joan's final contracted Warners picture as she decided to branch out on her own. And Joan must have known best, because directly after "This Woman is Dangerous" she made one of her defining pictures, which was nominated for an Oscar, "Sudden Fear".

In this film, Joan plays Beth Austin, a gangster who goes out of her way to erase her past after meeting a new man. The film is very mundane and somewhat forgettable because none of the scenes are overly dramatic, nor does it have that over-the-top essence that many of Joan's pictures of the late '40s and '50s usually always had. The film is a total of 95 minutes in length.

As I have already stated, these are standard DVDs that Warner Home Video put out earlier this year through their site. You will find them for much less if you buy them directly from the studio. You can also catch this movie as it is shown on TCM from time to time, but do yourself a favor and don't buy from this site as the price has been completely inflated to make you think that you're getting a rare and otherwise unattainable item.

"This Woman is Dangerous" reminds me of a hybrid-carbon copy of "Possessed" (1947), "Flamingo Road" and perhaps even "The Damned Don't Cry". Joan once commenting on this film much later into her 6-decade career, saying, "I must have been awfully hungry. I guess I was. ...A shoddy story..." Joan still gave a great performance, but by now the studio had totally written her off as evidenced by her lackluster costars, scriptwriters and director. She managed to still pull it off while carrying the entire burden of yet another signature-Joan Crawford movie on her substantial shoulders.

Below is a list of every Joan Crawford movie that has been released onto home-video, including the multiple formats:
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (silent) (1926) - DVD *
Spring Fever (silent) (1926) - DVD
The Unknown (silent) (1927) - DVD *
Our Dancing Daughters (silent) (1928) - VHS
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) - laser disc *
Our Modern Maidens (1929) - VHS
Dance Fools Dance (1931) - VHS, DVD
Laughing Sinners (1931) - VHS, DVD
Possessed (1931) - VHS, DVD
Grand Hotel (1932) - VHS, laser disc, DVD
Rain (1932) - VHS, DVD
Today We Live (1933) - VHS
Dancing Lady (1933) - VHS, DVD
Sadie McKee (1934) - VHS, DVD *
Chained (1934) - VHS, DVD
Forsaking All Others (1934) - VHS, DVD
I Live My Live (1935) - VHS
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) - VHS
Love on the Run (1936) - VHS, DVD
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) - VHS
The Bride Wore Red (1937) - VHS
Mannequin (1938) - VHS, DVD
The Shining Hour (1938) - VHS, DVD
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) - laser disc *, DVD
The Women (1939) - VHS, DVD
Strange Cargo (1940) - VHS, DVD *
Susan and God (1940) - VHS
A Woman's Face (1941) - VHS, DVD *
When Ladies Meet (1941) - VHS, DVD
They All Kissed the Bride (1942) - VHS
Reunion in France (1942) - VHS, DVD
Above Suspicion (1943) - VHS
Hollywood Canteen (1944) - VHS, DVD *
Mildred Pierce (1945) - VHS, laser disc, DVD
Humoresque (1946) - VHS, DVD
Possessed (1947) - VHS, DVD
Daisy Kenyon (1947) - DVD
Flamingo Road (1949) - VHS, DVD *
It's a Great Feeling (1949) - VHS, DVD *
The Damned Don't Cry (1950) - DVD
Harriet Craig (1950) - VHS
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) - laser disc, DVD
This Woman is Dangerous (1952) - DVD
Sudden Fear (1952) - VHS, laser disc, DVD
Torch Song (1953) - VHS, laser disc, DVD *
Johnny Guitar (1954) - VHS, DVD (this DVD is from Hong Kong, however it is non-region specific)
Queen Bee (1955) - VHS, DVD
Autumn Leaves (1956) - VHS
The Story of Esther Costello (1957) - VHS
The Best of Everything (1959) - VHS, DVD
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - VHS, laser disc, DVD
The Caretakers (1963) - VHS
Strait-Jacket (1964) - VHS, DVD
Della aka Fatal Confinement or Royal Bay (1964) - VHS (TV)
I Saw What You Did (1965) - VHS, DVD
The Man From U. N. C. L. E. aka The Karate Killers or The Five Daughters Affair Part 1 (1967) VHS, DVD * (TV)
Berserk! (1968) - VHS, laser disc
Trog (1970) - VHS, DVD

* this particular release on this format is only available as a set with other titles
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Woman Is Dangerous 1 Jan 2014
By K.D. Pearce - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Joan Crawford readily admitted that this was the one film of hers that she disliked the most. As much as I like Joan Crawford, she was not the best judge of her own work. This is a fun, action packed, Warner Brother's romp, with Joan as a criminal mastermind. There's more; she has a medical condition, a handsome doctor, and a jealous lover. You have to experience it, to appreciate it. This is one of my favourite of Joan's Warner Brother's pictures.
2.0 out of 5 stars When one thinks of George Cukor 11 May 2013
By Ben - Published on
one does NOT think of Felix E. Feist.

When we think of MGM, we think of Gable. Crawford, Harlow, Shearer, Hepburn, Garland, Garbo, Tracy, Rooney. With the exception of one, all of those mentioned went on to better, or worse, things, after MGM. Life will go on.

Joan Crawford, no bones about it, will stay. To hell with retirement and vaudeville shows and independent production companies and untimely deaths. She's here. She wanted a long-term contract and got it. And this is the end of it. And she'll never let you forget it.

Joan Crawford, never really an actress, is a cement block in this movie. She drowns it. She overpowers it. And like so many Crawford films after MGM, here's why: there is no Gable. No Tracy. No Robert Montgomery. No John Barrymore.

Warner Brother's tried. John Garfield (Humoresque) and Van Heflin (Possessed). 20th Century Fox gave her Henry Fonda (Daisy Kenyon) but after that, all hell broke loose regarding Crawford. There were really no LEADING MEN left, and none that wanted to work with her. (Sterling Hayden? Zachary Scott? Jack Palance?).

So Joan Crawford was given carte blanche by studio heads and directors and casting agencies and script writers to devour anyone and anything that stood in her way for a "performance". She will chomp the script, the innuendos, the clothes, the walls, the chairs, the automobiles and the men. A well dressed shrew with an overly aging bone to pick. For such a smart woman, she certainly can hold a grudge.

Dennis Morgan doesn't stand a chance against this bulldozer. Who is Dennis Morgan, anyway????

It's "A Woman's Face" meets "The Damned Don't Cry" and it's awful and Crawford's last full tilt boogie at Warner Brother's.

After this, she went home and beat up Christina, said "OK" to "Sudden Fear", drank vodka all night long, fired the maid and FINALLY did something with the doilies on her sofa that her beloved mama sent over. Ye gads.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wonderful This Film Has A Home On DVD" 27 Jun 2009
By Terrance Richard - Published on
"This Woman Is Dangerous" continues Joan Crawford's foray into her Warner Brother's melodrama period, but it falls short of being nothing more than a movie starring Joan Crawford. The movie just doesn't jell. A shoddy story of a woman, played by Crawford, who is a female gangster who is trying to abolish her past and change her ways. Crawford runs through her scenes and the viewer can tell she is not enjoying herself in this role. There is no direction to speak of and the script is pretty dull. This movie doesn't feature any melodramatic scenes that are evident in other Crawford 1950's films, but it is wonderful that this rare gem has finally found a home on the home video market. As some reviewers have ponted out Warner Brother's has released over a dozen never-before-released titles of Joan's on DVD through their website. Among the other rare titles available are "Mannequin", "Ice Follies of 1939", "The Shining Hour", "Possessed" with Clark Gable", and "Goodbye, My Fancy". All the titles look great with the exception of "Possessed", as the film looks grainy and dirty at times.
"This Woman Is Dangerous" would be Joan's last Warner Brother's film until "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" in 1962. "This Woman" would be followed by Joan's Oscar nominated role in the excellent "Sudden Fear", in which she co-starred with Jack Palance. In 1973 when asked by an interviewer what her worst film was Joan admitted to detesting "This Woman Is Dangerous". She also told her biographer Roy Newquist, "I must have been awfully hungry. I guess I was. Kids in schools, the house...nothing was right about "This Woman Is Dangerous". A shoddy story, a cliche script, no direction to speak of. The thing just blundered along. I suppose I could have made it better, but it was one of those times that I was so disgusted with everything I just shrugged it off and went along with it. That is unforgivable isn't it?"
This movie also features no bonus features and comes in standard form.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware 26 May 2009
By Erwin K. Giesemann III - Published on
This is another of the Warner Archive releases. Be warned, this will not play on pc's or player/recorders. It will only work on "play only" machines. I'm thrilled that attention is being given to these titles but I can't help but wish that, for the price, they played on all equipment. I'm fortunate enough to have a second viewing set-up but for those who don't it wll be frustrating not to be able to play these titles.
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