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The Halfway House (1944)

A group of travellers, all with something to hide in their past, take shelter from a storm in an old inn. The inn-keeper seems a little mysterious...


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
Tom Walls ...
Alice Meadows (as Francoise Rosay)
Guy Middleton ...
Alfred Drayton ...
Valerie White ...
Richard Bird ...
Philippa Hiatt ...
Pat McGrath ...
C.V. France ...
The Solicitor
Roland Pertwee ...
Prison Governor
Eliot Makeham ...
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A group of travellers, each with a personal problem that they want to hide, arrive at a mysterious Welsh country inn. There is a certain strangeness in the air as they are greeted by the innkeeper and his daughter (Mervyn Johns and his real life daughter Glynis Johns). Why are all the newspapers a year old ? And why doesn't Gwyneth seem to cast a shadow ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Story of a Ghostly Inn


Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 June 1944 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ghostly Inn  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 10 September 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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A sweet little ghost story.
20 April 2007 | by (OKC) – See all my reviews

Never having been a fan of the concept of the dead returning to advise the living, I was none-the-less pleased with this charming film. The tragedies that occur during war-time can often be treated as 'due course' by most of us, but we are not usually those who have suffered a loss. Like many stories involving benevolent ghosts or angels, the supernatural beings are metaphors for the hand of God in the lives of the living, seeking to influence them along a better path than that which they currently pursue.

'Halfway House' is a kind-hearted, quirky little film, with talented character performances. Sally Ann Howes, the gifted musical actress, plays an early role as the daughter of an estranged couple heading for divorce. Her performance was amusing and poignant, as she tries to think of ways to get her parents back together. Françoise Rosay's character desperately attempts spiritualism, trying to contact her only son who has died in the war. They, and the other guests at a ghostly Welsh inn, seem to take a somewhat 'oh, well, so that's it' attitude toward their dearly-departed innkeepers, which makes the film that much more appealing. 'Halfway House' is exactly what it was intended to be, a comfort and a lesson.

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