I, Jane Doe. 1948. USA. Directed by John H. Auer. With Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Vera Ralston. DCP. 85 min.
Working with his regular screenwriter, Lawrence Kimble, director John H. Auer (City That Never Sleeps) concocts another highly stylized, proudly improbable melodrama, full of flashbacks and bizarre plot twists. Republic’s resident Sphinx, Vera Ralston, plays a mysterious Frenchwoman who, refusing to give her real name, is convicted of killing the callous playboy (John Carroll) who is the father of her unborn child. But she can’t be executed until the baby is born, which gives the dead man’s widow (Ruth Hussey), a high-powered attorney, time to reopen the case.