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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.

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Cast

Margaret Lockwood
as Barbara Worth/Lady Skelton
James Mason
as Capt. Jerry Jackson
Griffith Jones
as Sir Ralph Skelton
Patricia Roc
as Caroline
Enid Stamp-Taylor
as Henrietta Kingsclere
Michael Rennie
as Kit Locksby
Felix Aylmer
as Hogarth
David Horne
as Martin Worth
Martita Hunt
as Cousin Agatha Trimble
Amy Dalby
as Aunt Doll
Beatrice Varley
as Aunt Moll
Helen Goss
as Mistress Betsy
Muriel Aked
as Mrs. Munce
Francis Lister
as Lord Kingsclere
Emrys Jones
as Ned Cotterell
Ivor Barnard
as Clergyman
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Critic Reviews for The Wicked Lady

All Critics (7) | 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.

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…
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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…

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.

June 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wicked Lady

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.

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