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Is there such a woman?

The entertainment section of the July 5 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this ad for an upcoming movie:

The Internet Movie Database plot synopsis for A Dangerous Woman (1929) reads:

The commissioner of a remote outpost in Africa has a mistress who is so sexy and seductive that she has made several of the local white men kill themselves. She learns that the commissioner’s brother is coming to the outpost to be his assistant, and she comes up with a plan to set her sights on him.

Yikes! The movie is based on a story by Margery Lawrence titled “A Woman Who Needed Killing”. The trailer for the movie is available.

I looked up some of the principal writers and actors in this movie:

  • John Farrow (1904-1963), one of the writers, was the patriarch of the Farrow family of actors and journalists.
  • Olga Baclanova (1893-1974), sometimes billed as simply Baclanova, was nicknamed “The Russian Tigress”. She went on to appear in Tod Browning’s cult movie The Freaks (1932). Many people believe that Madonna resembles her; you can judge for yourself.
  • Clive Brook (1887-1974) outlived Ms. Baclanova by a little over two months. He acted in Britain in the early 1920s before moving to the United States in 1924, and then returned to Britain in the mid-1930s.
  • Neil Hamilton (1899-1984) started his acting career in 1918 and ended it in 1970. He portrayed Commissioner Gordon in the Batman TV series in the 1960s, appearing in all 120 episodes.

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