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Release Date:
27 March 1941 (USA) See more »
A governess becomes the center of a wealthy family after her employer's wife dies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ingrid Bergman ... Emilie Gallatin

Warner Baxter ... Adam Stoddard

Susan Hayward ... Hester Stoddard

Fay Wray ... Molly Stoddard

Richard Denning ... Jack Stoddard (older)

Johnny Downs ... David Stoddard (older)

Robert Shaw ... Chris Stoddard (older)
Charles Lind ... Phillip Stoddard (older)
Billy Ray ... Jack Stoddard (younger)
Steven Muller ... David Stoddard (younger)
Wallace Chadwell ... Chris Stoddard (younger)
Bobby Walberg ... Phillip Stoddard (younger)

Helen Westley ... Cousin Philippa

June Lockhart ... Vance
Pietro Sosso ... Otto

Gilbert Emery ... Dr. Lane

Renie Riano ... Photographer

Clarence Muse ... Sam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Darien ... Horace (uncredited)
Charles Hibbs ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Dickie Mason ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Constable C.E. Clark (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Ratoff 
Writing credits
William Hurlbut (screenplay) &
Michael Blankfort (screenplay)

Charles Bonner (novel "Legacy")

Produced by
Gordon Griffith .... associate producer (as Gordon S. Griffith)
Robert Sherwood .... producer
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography) (as Peverell Marley)
Film Editing by
Francis D. Lyon 
Production Design by
David S. Hall  (as David Hall)
Art Direction by
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Costume Design by
David Kidd (gowns)
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Deming .... assistant director (as Norman W. Deming)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Coyla Davis .... gowns executor (as Coyla)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Rudy Schrager .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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81 min | 108 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Better then i thought it would be, 15 October 2000
Author: desol-2 from London, England

I only watched this film because Ingrid Bergman was in it. And because I Knew that Bergman wasn't fond of it, and that general opinion was so so, I expected it to not be up to much but I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how good a film it is. The performances are all good especially Bergman (of Course), Baxter and Heyward and the film cruises along at quick pace with no scenes dragging. If I have a problem with the film it's that it's a bit short at an 80 mins but apparently it was originally 108 mins, if this is true then it's shocking that over 25 mins were cut out. I'd like to know if it's possible to put the footage back in or if it has been destroyed. If it isn't destroyed then in the video age it should be released on video in it's original length. 9/10

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