The Wicked Lady (1945)




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In this drama, set during the reign of King Charles II, the aristocratic Lady Skelton (Margaret Lockwood) attempts to relieve the tedium of her day-to-day life by secretly acting as a highway robber. Meeting up with the rogue Captain Jerry Jackson (James Mason), the two begin a relationship. When her private and public lives begin to interfere with one another, however, Lady Skelton finds herself caught up in a tangled web of romance, danger, and jealousy. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Magdalen King-Hall, Leslie Arliss
In Theaters:
Universal Pictures


as Barbara Worth/Lady S...

as Capt. Jerry Jackson

as Caroline

as Sir Ralph Skelton

as Kit Locksby

as Lady Henrietta Kings...

as Hogarth

as Martin Worth

as Cousin Agatha Trimbl...

as Lord Kingsclere

as Aunt Doll

as Aunt Moll

as Mistress Betsy

as Doxy

as Mrs. Munce

as Clergyman

as Ned Cotterell
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Critic Reviews for The Wicked Lady

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Former critic and screenwriter Arliss [is] the unfortunate director having to contend with the recalcitrant mechanics of Lime Grove studio ruralism.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

With excellent photography from Jack Cox, lavish costuming and rich settings, this becomes a novelette on high-quality art paper. Nobody, surely, is expected to believe in its naive manner of narrative.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Monthly Film Bulletin

A silly but nonetheless entertaining film with a devilish lead and some fine 'stand and deliver' action.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Wicked Lady

The title of this melodramatic tale of a noblewoman turned highwayman says it sounds like a Mills & Boon novel, and plays like one too. James Mason is rather good as her rakish lover though.

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