The Wicked Lady

1946, Adventure, 1h 44m

8 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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In 17th-century England, Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) lives a privileged yet humdrum life as the wife of well-heeled landowner Sir Ralph Skelton (Griffith Jones). To stave off boredom, Barbara begins impersonating famed highway robber Capt. Jerry Jackson, stealing precious jewels and valuables from coach passengers. A chance encounter with the actual Jackson (James Mason) propels Barbara into a dangerous double life with potentially lethal consequences.

Cast & Crew

James Mason
Captain Jerry Jackson
Griffith Jones
Sir Ralph Skelton
Enid Stamp-Taylor
Lady Henrietta Kingsclere
David Horne
Martin Worth
Martita Hunt
Cousin Agatha
Amy Dalby
Aunt Doll
Helen Goss
Mistress Betsy
Francis Lister
Lord Kingsclere
Jean Kent
Jackson's Doxy
Emrys Jones
Ned Cotterill
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Critic Reviews for The Wicked Lady

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (5)

  • Amid the romantic highwaymen, secret passages and poisoned elderberry wine, the bogus sentiments expressed by the actors are a perfect match for the bogus look of their hair pieces.

    June 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Producers claim that this story is 'set in the days of Charles II'. Sets, costumes and a comely bunch of femmes bear out the claim. But the period atmosphere is not convincing.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Former critic and screenwriter Arliss [is] the unfortunate director having to contend with the recalcitrant mechanics of Lime Grove studio ruralism.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The film is enveloped in realism and visual frankness. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Filled with silly twists and overwrought melodrama, it has a distinctive sensibility, two charismatic anti-heroes who invest their roles with personality and energy, and a stylized, unreal flamboyance that keeps them lively.

    March 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This lushly costumed drama is surprisingly boring, but Mason stands out with his swagger and gusto while the rest of the cast members are sadly unconvincing.

    June 15, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Amid the romantic highwaymen, secret passages and poisoned elderberry wine, the bogus sentiments expressed by the actors are a perfect match for the bogus look of their hair pieces.

    June 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Producers claim that this story is 'set in the days of Charles II'. Sets, costumes and a comely bunch of femmes bear out the claim. But the period atmosphere is not convincing.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Former critic and screenwriter Arliss [is] the unfortunate director having to contend with the recalcitrant mechanics of Lime Grove studio ruralism.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The film is enveloped in realism and visual frankness. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Filled with silly twists and overwrought melodrama, it has a distinctive sensibility, two charismatic anti-heroes who invest their roles with personality and energy, and a stylized, unreal flamboyance that keeps them lively.

    March 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This lushly costumed drama is surprisingly boring, but Mason stands out with his swagger and gusto while the rest of the cast members are sadly unconvincing.

    June 15, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wicked Lady

  • Jul 27, 2007
    The title of this melodramatic tale of a noblewoman turned highwayman says it all...it sounds like a Mills & Boon novel, and plays like one too. James Mason is rather good as her rakish lover though.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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