Her Sister's Secret


Nancy Coleman, Margaret Lindsay, Phillip Reed, Felix Bressart,

When New Orleans belle Toni finds herself pregnant after a Mardi Gras tryst with a soldier on leave, her sister offers to take the baby and raise it as her own. Thus begins a series of well-intended lies that become a tender torture for the bereft Toni. This melodrama is an unusually well-appointed outing for B-movie king Edgar Ulmer, polished to a satiny sheen by cinematographer Franz Planer, but the emotions it contains are far from genteel. As Toni becomes her son’s stalker, Ulmer and star Nancy Coleman create a disturbing portrait of maternal love driven to the brink of madness.

Juliet Clark
  • Anne Greene
Based On
  • The novel Dark Angel by Gina Kaus

  • Franz Planer
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 86 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Films Around the World
Additional Info
  • Preservation funded by the Film Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America [DGA], the Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA], Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique [SACEM], and the Writers Guild of America, West [WGAW]