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I Married a Dead Man

The book I Married a Dead Man was made into the movie Mrs. Winterbourne.

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Book details for I Married a Dead Man

I Married a Dead Man was written by Cornell Woolrich. The book was published in 1948 by Library of America. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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Literature and film buffs will be delighted by this collection of pulp novels, most of which were made into important films. James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice is a literary masterpiece with its spare prose invoking a savage, sexy, desperate w... Read More
Literature and film buffs will be delighted by this collection of pulp novels, most of which were made into important films. James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice is a literary masterpiece with its spare prose invoking a savage, sexy, desperate world. It inspired no less than three great movies: Luchino Visconti's classic Ossessione, in 1942; the 1946 remake, starring John Garfield and Lana Turner and directed by the extraordinary Tay Garnett; and Bob Rafelson's underrated 1981 version with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. When you read the magnificent source for these movies, you'll be astonished at how three different incarnations could all, in their own ways, be faithful to the novel.

Cornell Woolrich's I Married a Dead Man also became three movies: No Man of Her Own, with Barbara Stanwyk; the French I Married a Shadow; and the American comedy, Mrs. Winterborne, which starred Shirley MacLaine and Ricki Lake. Edward Anderson's vivid Thieves Like Us was transformed into They Live by Night, Nicholas Ray's first important movie and one of the seminal noir films of the 1940s. It was brilliantly remade in 1974 by the great revisionist director Robert Altman. Kenneth Fearing's The Big Clock was transformed into a marvelous film starring Charles Laughton; 40 years later, the same source, retitled No Way Out, brought Kevin Costner to stardom. William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley was the source for Tyrone Power's best movie; Horace McCoy's experimental They Shoot Horses, Don't They? became one of the seminal films of the 1960s.

These dark, evocative novels, when taken together, are a fascinating study of how words can inspire a magnificent variety of cinematic images and styles.

Movie details for Mrs. Winterbourne

The movie was released in 1996 and directed by Richard Benjamin, who also directed Mermaids (1990). Mrs. Winterbourne was produced by Sony Pictures. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, Brendan Fraser, Miguel Sandoval, Loren Dean, Peter Gerety, Jane Krakowski, Debra Monk, Cathryn de Prume, Kate Hennig, Susan Haskell, Justin Van Lieshout, Alec Thomlison, Jennifer Irwin, Victor A. Young, Tony Munch, Nesbitt Blaisdell, David Lipman, Jim Feather and Irene Pauzer.

 

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