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Alimony

1949

Small town girl Kitty Traves (Martha Vickers) comes to New York with the idea of getting rich fast. Beginning as a 'model' she then becomes a divorce co-respondent in hotel room frame-ups. When her songwriting boyfriend, Dan Barker (John Beal), runs out of songs and money, she send him back to his loyal, true-blue fiancée, Linda Waring (Hillary Brooke). She moves on to marry a wealth industrialist, with divorce and alimony her only goal.



Alimony is a 1949 American crime film starring Martha Vickers, directed by Alfred Zeisler.

Plot

Paul Klinger is on a desperate search for his lost daughter, Kate. He goes to see a man in New York, Dan Barker, a songwriter who knew Kate in the past when she lived in the city. Dan tells Paul that Kate changed her name to Kitty Travers, and then continues to tell the story of what he knows about "Kitty":
Dan met Kitty when she was looking for work as a model and she happened to stay at the same boarding house as he and his girlfriend Linda Waring. A friend of Kitty's told her she could work as co-respondent in alimony cases where the man was framed to up the settlement sum. She started working for a lawyer Burt Crail and became involved in a big scandal, posing in a picture with a married man.
Kitty apparently showed an aptitude for the work and made a good chunk of money. In the end she became interested in Dan, just when he was about to break through as a songwriter.
Dan fell in love with Kitty and wrote her a song, breaking up with his girlfriend Linda. When Kitty found out that Dan wasn't going to be the success they expected, she left him and he resumed his relationship with his ex Linda. They married, and then came his real breakthrough, when the song he wrote for Kitty became a successful hit.
Kitty returned and wanted a piece of the cake, demanding to sing the song on Dan's tour around the country. Again, Dan fell in love with Kitty and eventually left his wife. The relationship only survived long enough for the royalty money to be spent and then Kitty left Dan again. He again returned to Linda, who took him back.
Kitty went on to bigger fish, marrying a millionaire named George Griswold, but secretly working for Crail again. Crail arranged for Groswold to be photographed with another woman, but before they got a settlement, it turned out Griswold had set them both up by sending a double, Curtis Carter.
Both Crail and Kitty was arrested for fraud, together with several other accomplices. This concludes Dan's story about Kitty. When he is done, Paul gets news that Kate, who is out on parole from her prison sentence, has been involved in a car crash and lies in a hospital.
Paul goes to the hospital and visits his daughter. They reconcile and he promises to help her start a new and better life.<></>

Cast

  • Martha Vickers as Kitty Travers aka Kate Klinger
  • John Beal (actor) as Dan Barker
  • Hillary Brooke as Linda Waring
  • Laurie Lind as Helen Drake
  • Douglass Dumbrille as Burton (Burt) Crail
  • James Guilfoyle as Paul Klinger
  • Marie Blake as Mrs. Nesbitt
  • Leonid Kinskey as Joe Wood
  • Ralph Graves as George Griswold / Curtis P. Carter
  • William Ruhl as Fred Richards
  • Harry Lauter as Doctor

Soundtrack

  • Martha Vickers - "That's How Dreams Are Made" (Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Alexander Laszlo (composer))
  • Martha Vickers - "You Are All the World to Me" (Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Alexander Laszlo)
  • John Beal - "Lullaby" (Written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Alexander Laszlo)


Category:1949 films
Category:American films
Category:1940s crime drama films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films directed by Alfred Zeisler
Category:Eagle-Lion Films films
Category:American crime drama films
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