Three Bad Sisters

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Three Bad Sisters
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGilbert Kay
Produced by Howard W. Koch
Screenplay by Gerald Drayson Adams
Story by Devery Freeman
Starring Marla English
Kathleen Hughes
Sara Shane
John Bromfield
Jess Barker
Music by Paul Dunlap
CinematographyLester Shorr
Edited byJohn F. Schreyer
Bel-Air Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • January 1956 (1956-01)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Bad Sisters is a 1956 American crime film directed by Gilbert Kay, written by Gerald Drayson Adams, and starring Marla English, Kathleen Hughes, Sara Shane, John Bromfield and Jess Barker. It was released in January 1956, by United Artists. [1] [2]

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Gerald Drayson Adams was a former business executive and literary agent when he began writing for films in the 1940s. The Oxford University-educated Adams specialized in action/adventure and western films. His films include Dead Reckoning (1947) starring Humphrey Bogart, The Big Steal (1949), Armored Car Robbery (1950), His Kind of Woman, The Black Sleep (1956), and Kissin' Cousins (1964), starring Elvis Presley, for which he received a WGA award nomination. Adams also wrote for television series, including the pivotal episodes "Hostage" and "Stampede" for Maverick (1957).

Marla English American film actress

Marla English was an American film actress during the 1950s.



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Jim is unable to fly while the crash is investigated. Valerie offers him $200,000 to seduce and abandon her sister Lorna, executor of their father's will. Lorna is engaged to George Gurney, their father's attorney. Jim finds her contemplating a leap off a high cliff into the water, dared by Valerie to do it.

Valerie threatens to frame Jim for murdering her father if he refuses to cooperate. Then sister Vicki makes romantic advances, trying to lure Jim away from her sister's clutches. Valerie lashes her with a whip, scarring her face. Vicki flees in a car, crashes it and is killed.

Jim proposes marriage to Lorna, who isn't sure if she can trust him. Valerie attempts to murder Lorna and make it look like an accident. When her scheme fails, Valerie, too, is killed in a speeding car. Jim goes to the cliff and discovers Lorna has made the leap. He dives into the water and saves her.


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Elaine Hollingsworth, known by the stage name Sara Shane, is a former actress who starred in film and television in the 1950s and early 1960s. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  2. "Three Bad Sisters". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 October 2014.