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The Strange Woman takes place in Bangor, Maine, where logging and lumber mills have made the town prosperous. Jenny Hager (Hedy Lamarr) has grown up in Bangor, not far from the watchful eye of wealthy Isaiah Poster (Gene Lockhart). The fact that Jenny is twenty years Isaiah’s junior does not stem his amorous intentions, and when she’s finally out of her teens, Jenny accepts his proposal of marriage.
But beneath her sweet exterior, Jenny is a shrewd, conniving women, and while she makes a fine life for herself with Isaiah’s money, she obviously doesn’t care for him. When Isaiah’s son Ephraim (Louis Hayward) visits from college, Jenny is immediately attracted to him, and she tells him that she’ll marry him if he murders his father. But, unknown to Ephraim, Jenny is already scheming to win the affections of businessman John Evered (George Sanders), even though he’s pledged to marry her best friend Meg Saladine (Hillary Brooke).