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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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Mervyn Johns ...
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Tom Walls ...
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Alice Meadows (as Francoise Rosay)
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Guy Middleton ...
Fortescue
Alfred Drayton ...
Oakley
Valerie White ...
Richard Bird ...
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Philippa Hiatt ...
Margaret
Pat McGrath ...
Terence
C.V. France ...
The Solicitor
Roland Pertwee ...
Prison Governor
Eliot Makeham ...
The Dresser
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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

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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5 June 1944 (UK)  »

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Ghostly Inn  »

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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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Ship not sheep
3 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A random group of characters go to the Halfway House in Wales to get away from the pressures of their daily lives. The innkeeper Mervyn Johns (Rhys) and his daughter Glynis Johns (Gwyneth) are on hand to greet the guests and give them advice. However, they don't seem to have reflections, they don't have shadows and they are living 1 year in the past - the calendar, the newspapers and radio broadcasts are out of date and the guest book hasn't been signed for a year. Who are the mysterious owners and what fate awaits the guests....?

The acting from some of the cast seems a bit stiff at times but the film keeps you watching. I like the more touching scenes, for instance, when Glynis Johns talks to the conductor Esmond Knight (David Davies) in the kitchen and tells him to come over to her "side", and the moment when they agree to see each other the next morning, knowing the fate of the inn. Captain Tom Walls (Harry Meadows) also has an impressive character transformation through the course of the film. It is a film with a mixture of strange incidents and it has, I think, an ambiguous ending. After several views, I think I get what happens…."Yea though I walk through the valley of death..........."


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