Don’t Miss This One: Her Sister’s Secret

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket
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Wednesday, November 16th
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer • 1946
Knocked up at Mardis Gras. Abandoned by her soldier-lover. Forced to pawn her new baby off on her sister. These are only a few of the indignities suffered by Nancy Coleman in Her Sister’s Secret, a superb melodrama that has been improbably neglected in favor of more salacious-sounding Ulmer entries like Girls in Chains and The Amazing Transparent Man. Yet Her Sister’s Secret has something those lack: a budget. After years toiling in the exploitation and Yiddish-language cinemas, Ulmer found steady work at Producers Releasing Corporation turning out cheap time-passers. Modern fans regard Detour as the culmination of this period, but Her Sister’s Secret possesses equal claim, and not just because it was Ulmer’s last for the company; touted as PRC’s “first million-dollar production,” it embodies the scrappy striving that characterized Ulmer’s career. Put over with excellent camerawork from Franz Planer (soon to be snatched up by Max Ophuls and Robert Siodmak), you won’t soon forget Her Sister’s Secret. (KW)

80 min • Producers Releasing Corp • Ultra-rare 16mm from private collection
Screen Song: “Row, Row, Row” (1930, Dave Fleischer) 16mm

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