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Evadne Price (play) and
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Release Date:
5 August 1935 (UK) See more »
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Cast

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Binnie Hale ... Alice Bright
Gordon Harker ... Sam Higgins
Donald Calthrop ... David Owen
Milton Rosmer ... Dr. Carey
Ian Hunter ... Jim Pearce
Herbert Lomas ... Claff Owen
Reginald Tate ... Tom Evans
Barry O'Neill ... Capt. Pearce
Mickey Brantford ... Bob Peters
Alice O'Day ... Mrs. Owen
Fewlass Llewellyn ... Griffith Owen
Edgar K. Bruce ... Sgt. Owen
Louie Emery ... Station Mistress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Holles ... Mr. Mason (uncredited)
Ernest Jay ... Railway Worker (uncredited)
John Singer ... Cabin Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Powell 
 
Writing credits
Evadne Price (play "The Haunted Light") and
Joan Roy Byford (play "The Haunted Light")

Ralph Smart (scenario)

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (dialogue) (as J. Jefferson Farjeon) &
Austin Melford (dialogue)

Produced by
Jerome Jackson .... associate producer
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Williams (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Roy Kellino 
 
Film Editing by
Derek N. Twist  (as D.N. Twist)
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as A. Vetchinsky)
 
Sound Department
A. Birch .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director (uncredited)
 
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76 min
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Mono (British Acoustic)
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When Alice Bright (Binnie Hale) remarks that she had just been performing in a play, Sam Higgins (Gordon Harker) retorts, "East Lynne?" This is a reference to the oft produced play and movie of Mrs. Henry Wood's novel of the same name. "East Lynne" was enjoyed for its mad plot and frequently incomprehensible dialogue.See more »
Quotes:
Claff Owen:He's a good boy when he is normal.
Sam Higgins:Ah, when he's normal. But he ain't normal. I mean, he has these come and go fits; when they come, somebody goes.
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Erect, 8 February 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Superficially, this is just another of the many British comedy/dramas from the era. It has a characteristic manner: a fellow with a humorous take on life, a pretty girl, some intrigue and danger.

What sets this apart are two things.

The first is the setting in Wales, or more precisely among the Welsh. Its an odd sort or layering for me since I think the 30's era English are as different, strange, quaint to me as the Welsh are shown here from the English. The language is emphasized in the setup, first half of the movie. They surely are depicted as alien. At the end, there's a clear balance between evil Welsh and noble ones that come to the rescue. The chief villain of course, the ringmaster, is English of course. That Imperial undercurrent!

The second interesting thing is that the action, about 3/5s of the movie, takes place in an actual lighthouse, most at night. What an amazing challenge this must have been; there are no studio shots that I could discern. Its a small, curved structure with no opportunity to anchor the frame against a wall. There's lots of movement across different levels, as there must be, and some clever (from a staging point of view) movement from inside to outside. I suppose the director made up much of how this appears as he went along.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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