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Mary Herries is a rich woman with a habit of contributing to those less fortunate than her. On her way home from a concert on Christmas Eve she discovers a poor, would-be artist outside her estate. Mary takes pity on this artist, Henry Abbott, and gives him some food and money. After taking him in, she finds herself somewhat attracted to this artist; he is handsome, and quite knowledgeable of fine art, especially the paintings in Mary's extensive collection. However, when she discovers that Henry has both a wife and a small child that he is struggling to support, she gives him some money and hand-me downs, and sends him on his way. A few days later he shows up with some of his own paintings (which are absolutely awful) as well as some items he stole from Mary's house on Christmas Eve. Henry demands a large amount of money for his paintings, which Mary eventually pays. She then discovers that Henry has left his wife and baby outside, in the rain. His wife collapses and Mary, out of ... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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House of Menace  »

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Re-titled 'House of Menace' in order to avoid confusion with the similarly titled re-make Kind Lady (1951), this film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Wednesday 12 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City 22 April 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Los Angeles 8 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco, televiewers finally got a look at it 22 March 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). It's now had its original title restored and is in the TCM film library. See more »

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Mary Herries: Good luck... and merry christmas.
Henry Abbott: Thank you!
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Version of Kind Lady (1951) See more »

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Silent Night
Written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
Sung by the Philip Maxwell Choristers in church
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Christmas Eve notwithstanding, don't let that starving and freezing artist in your house!
8 November 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

An excellent thriller in which an artist tries to take over a woman's life to get the fabulous 10 paintings she owns, worth a fortune. Surprisingly, five years ago I saw the 1951 remake with Ethel Barrymore and Maurice Evans in the leads, but that in no way diminished my enjoyment of this film, despite my knowing the ending. I found Aline MacMahon a bit too young for the title role in this film, but I relished Basil Rathbone as the evil artist. He's such a convincing villain. Dudley Digges and Eily Malyon are also excellent as Rathbone's accomplices, although I wondered how such a cultured man as Rathbone got involved with these lowlifes. And why is Murray Kinnell, as the doctor also in cahoots with Rathbone, involved in such a nasty undertaking? He's a real doctor, as we find out after he murders the maid he catches trying to call the police; he fills out a death certificate. Doris Lloyd, playing a friend of MacMahon in this film played the maid, Rose, in the remake. The critics liked the remake better, but I felt both films are on par with each other. See both films and you decide.


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