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Lana Turner takes the lead in the seventh film version of Alexandre Bisson's glossy soap opera. Holly Parker (Turner) is married to respected diplomat Clay Anderson (John Forsythe), but his busy schedule prevents them from seeing each other very often. Distracted and lonely, Holly allows her head to be turned by carefree playboy Phil Benton (Ricardo Montalban), who dies in a freak accident during an assignation. In a panic, Holly contacts her mother-in-law, Estelle Anderson (Constance Bennett) and asks what she should do. Estelle, a joyless woman who has never cared for her daughter-in-law, tells Holly that unless she wants to destroy her husband's life and career, she should flee the country and never return. Tearfully, Holly follows Estelle's advice, leaving behind her young son. Many years later, Holly has fallen on hard times; addicted to drugs, she scrapes out a meager living as a prostitute in a cheap hotel in Mexico. Devious criminal Dan Sullivan (Burgess Meredith) tries to involve Holly in a blackmail scheme; at the last minute, she finds out that Clay is the target, and she kills Sullivan. She cannot afford to hire a lawyer to defend her, so she is assigned a dedicated young public defender, whom she soon recognizes as her son, Clay Anderson, Jr. (Keir Dullea). Not wanting Clay, Jr. to know her true identity, Holly is tried as "Madame X," but she has trouble keeping her composure given the trial and her mixed joy and shame at seeing her son. Madame X was Constance Bennett's first film in 12 years and the last she would ever make; she died of a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after completing her work on the picture, nine months before it was released. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Lana Turner
as Holly Parker
John Forsythe
as Clay Anderson
Ricardo Montalban
as Phil Benton
Burgess Meredith
as Dan Sullivan
Constance Bennett
as Estelle Anderson
Keir Dullea
as Clay Anderson, Jr.
John van Dreelen
as Christian Torben
Virginia Grey
as Mimsy
Warren Stevens
as Michael Spalding
Carl Benton Reid
as Judge
Teddy Quinn
as Clay, Jr. as a Boy
Kaaren Verne
as Nurse Riborg
Joe de Santis
as Carter
Frank Marth
as Detective Combs
Bing Russell
as Sgt. Riley
Teno Pollick
as Manuel Lopez
Neil Hamilton
as Party Guest
Byrd Holland
as Cronyn, the Butler
Brad Logan
Mark Miranda
as Mexican Boy
Ruben Moreno
Richard Tretter
as Merchant Marine
George Dega
as Man
Byrd Holland
as Cronyn, the Butler
Neil Hamilton
as Party Guest
Richard Tretter
as Merchant Marine
Mark Miranda
as Mexican Boy

Crew

David Lowell Rich
Director
Ross Hunter
Producer
Jean Holloway
Screenwriter
Alexandre Bisson
Play Author
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
Frank Skinner
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Walter Hammond
Special Effects
Bud Westmore
Makeup
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