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Three Bad Sisters (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | January 1956 (USA)
A millionaire dies in an airplane crash, leaving all of his money to be divided among his three daughters. One of the daughters doesn't want to share any of it, so she plans to get rid of her two sisters.

Director:

Gilbert Kay (as Gilbert L. Kay)

Writers:

Devery Freeman (story), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marla English ... Vicki Craig
Kathleen Hughes ... Valerie Craig
Sara Shane ... Lorna Craig
John Bromfield ... Jim Norton
Jess Barker ... George Gurney
Madge Kennedy ... Martha Craig
Anthony George ... Tony Cadiz (as Tony George)
Marlene Felton Marlene Felton ... Nadine
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A millionaire dies in an airplane crash, leaving all of his money to be divided among his three daughters. One of the daughters doesn't want to share any of it, so she plans to get rid of her two sisters.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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During the close up shot where Kathleen Hughes whips her sister's face with a riding crop, she was actually whipping a pillow. See more »

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Cheap, a bit trashy and still a lot of fun and surprisingly effective.
5 December 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very low budget soapy thriller--and it makes no attempt to be anything other than entertaining. It ain't the least bit sophisticated and is a bit silly--but it IS enjoyable on a low-brow level. Just sit back and watch the fireworks. I guarantee you won't be bored!

"Three Bad Sisters" begins with a plane crash. A rich guy is killed--leaving his vast fortune to three really screwed up but beautiful daughters (sort of like really bad versions of Hilton girls). One daughter, Valerie (Kathleen Hughes), is greedy and wants to force the pilot of the plane, Jim, to work with her to somehow cheat her sisters out of the money--but how is never really stated. The guy (John Bromfield) seems to have no choice and comes to stay with the family on a trumped up pretense. He soon learns that one of the sisters, Lorna (Sara Shane), is emotionally unstable and seems to be struggling with suicidal impulses--and she's by far the best of the bunch! Vicki (Marla Craig) is a combination nympho and home-wrecker. And, Valerie is just evil. What's Jim to do? And what exactly is Valerie's plan? Tune in to this VERY juicy film to find out more.

Subtle it's not nor is it especially believable. But, it also it great fun and the actors do pretty well with what they've been given. Sure, a few characters are a bit broadly written but it never bores...never. It's sort of like a poor man's "Peyton Place"...on crack! I'd not say it's a great film but it's a wonderful guilty pleasure--the sort of overwrought trash that can be very difficult NOT to watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fascino e perfidia See more »

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Bel-Air Productions See more »
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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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