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The Halfway House (1944)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Mystery  -  February 1944 (UK)
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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 ...
Françoise Rosay ...
David Davies
Guy Middleton ...
Captain Fortescue
Alfred Drayton ...
William Oakley
Valerie White ...
Richard Bird ...
Philippa Hiatt ...
Pat McGrath ...
C.V. France ...
Mr. Truscott--Solicitor
Roland Pertwee ...
Prison Governor
Eliot Makeham ...
George--Davies' Valet


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 <>

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February 1944 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ghostly Inn  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although it is nominally based on the unsuccessful 1940 play "The Pleasant Inn" (which makes no mention of World War II), this film is chiefly inspired by a real incident of the war which had attracted some attention at the time. The Welsh village of Cwmbach had only one bomb dropped on it by the Luftwaffe during the entire course of the war; it fell on a local inn and killed the landlord and his daughter (no-one else). It has never been satisfactorily explained why this incident should have occurred. It had not been part of an air raid; there were none in this remote rural area. See more »

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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 Rhys (Mervyn Johns) and his daughter Gwyneth (Glynis Johns) 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 David Davies (Esmond Knight) 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 Harry Meadows (Tom Walls) 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 a good ending. "Yea though I walk through the valley of death..........." Good stuff.

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