A Woman's Face Reviews
Crawford gives one of her most nuanced performances as Anna, bitter at life after half her face is scarred in a fire as a child. Running a blackmail ring she targets a society woman cheating on her husband. Anna goes to the wife's house to confront her but the husband returns home unexpectedly. He turns out to be a plastic surgeon and persuades Anna to let him operate on her.
The operation a success, Anna now finds herself at the mercy of her creepy lover. He wants his family's fortune but a young nephew stands between him and the money. He gets Anna the job as the little boy's nanny with a view to the boy meeting with an 'accident'.
Anna's disenchantment with her lover is compounded by the surgeon arriving at the family home for a visit...
Joan is excellent as Anna, capturing her anger at life but also her tremulous feeling of happiness when the man who will become her dominant lover shows her affection and later her despair when she realizes what her love for this man is driving her to do.
She is helped by Cukor's excellent handling of the story and a cast which boasts excellent performances from Conrad Veidt as the crypto-fascist lover, Melvyn Douglas as the surgeon, Marjorie Main as the suspicious housekeeper of Veidt's family and Osa Massen as the surgeon's flighty wife. There are also scene-stealing roles from Donald Meek, Reginald Owen and Connie Gilchrist as Anna's seedy fellow-blackmailers.
Definitely one to seek out.