Madame X

Synopsis: A woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her, and is forced by her mother-in-law to assume a new identity to save the reputation of her husband and infant son. She wanders the world, trying to forget her heartbreak with the aid of alcohol and unsavory men, eventually returning to the city of her downfall, where she murders a blackmailer who threatens to expose her past. Amazingly, she is represented at her murder trial by her now adult son, who is a public defender. Hoping to continue to protect her son, she refuses to give her real name and is known to the court as the defendant, "Madame X."
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David Lowell Rich
Production: Universal
  1 win & 1 nomination.
100 min


Good morning, sir.

Good morning, Cronyn.

Thank you.

It isn't exactly cozy,

darling, but it's home.

And I thought

I was living

on a grand scale

when I moved into

a five-room apartment.

Hello, my darling!

Hello, Mother.


this is Holly.

Welcome, Holly.

I hope you'll be

very happy.

Thank you.


When you know

how I love

to stage weddings.

That's exactly

why we did it.

This is your home now,

my dear.

It's magnificent.

There's not

another house

to equal it

in all

Fairfield County.

My ancestors,


Were your ancestors

all men?

I've always had

a sneaking hunch

they drowned

the girls at birth.

Who'd have

the courage to face

one of these pirates

and say, "It's a girl"?

Holly, my dear,

I'm sure you're longing

to unpack and relax.

Let me show you

your room.

You've changed

the colors in here.

I thought

it should be fresh

for the new bride.

If ashes of roses

doesn't please you,

you must pick

something that does.

I won't be offended.

It's difficult to choose

for someone

you've never met.

It was kind of you

to bother.

Not at all,

I wanted you

to feel welcome.

Clay will want

to show you

the house.

I'll acquaint you with

the inner workings later.

It's good

to have you back.

It's good

to be back, Mother.



Mrs. Anderson.

I didn't think the woman lived

that could

ever get Clay

to the altar again.

You know Phil Benton,

of course.

Everyone knows Phil.

Well, I do now.

Hello, Mr. Benton.

My pleasure,

Mrs. Anderson.

Phil and I

were in last year's

Bermuda Race.

Yes, in different boats.

Mine came in last.

We must

have lunch sometime.

I'll call you.

Marvelous party, Estelle.

You're the host.

Start hosting.

You're consumed

with jealousy,

aren't you?

Absolutely destroyed.

I am Phil Benton.

But of course,

everyone knows

Phil Benton.

How do you like

the Bed of Antiquity?



I admire the antiques,

but I worry

about the plumbing.

In our neck of the woods,

it's the facade that counts.

It covers our corrosion.

Well, that's hardly unique

to Fairfield County.

It was spawned here.

This is the breeding ground

of the shallow set.


time for the wedding pictures.

Will you excuse me?


I have no choice.

Estelle has us all

under her iron thumb.

And don't you

forget it!

You made it! You made it!

You made it!

Merry Christmas, darling.

Merry Christmas.

That Swiss angel

could go a little

to the left.


That's the German angel.

Well, how do you

tell the difference

between a Swiss angel

and a German angel?

Swiss angels are thin.

German angels are fat.


there aren't enough

icicles on your side,

and that finial

is still a little crooked.

Thank you, dear.

I can't imagine how we ever

trimmed this tree

without your help.

That's why

I hurried home.

I always enjoy

decorating the tree.

And you do it

with such style.

You know it.

You're cold.

Someone's walking

across my grave.

That's an

old wives' tale.


It's so good

to have you home.

It's so good

to be here.


It's midnight.

This is

the happiest Christmas

in my life.

You say that

every Christmas.

I guess

it's my time

of year.

Next stop,

Virginia City.

Passengers change

for Central City,

Boulder and

Denver, Colorado.


This is Albany.

Can't you read

what it says

on the depot?

Well, not

with my imagination.

Have I ever told you

you have the most

beautiful imagination?


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