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A woman returns to the USA after a German u-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

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(as Andre De Toth)

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(original story) (as Frank Cockrell) , (original story) (as Marian Cockrell) , 4 more credits »
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Mr. Sydney
Fay Bainter ...
Aunt Emily
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Cleeve
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Uncle Norbert
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Pearson Jackson
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Florella
Odette Myrtil ...
Mama Boudreaux (as Odette Myrtle)
Eugene Borden ...
Papa Boudreaux
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Leigh Whipper ...
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Leslie Calvin, the sole survivor of a submarine accident, goes to her relatives in order to recover emotionally. Unfortunately she encounters various scam artists led by Mr. Sydney who intend to kill her and steal the family assets. Dr. George Grover helps Leslie to defeat Sydney. Written by Sam Goldberg <sgoldberg@wesleyan.edu>

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From the SATURDAY EVENING POST Thriller! (original print ad - many caps) See more »


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9 August 1945 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Águas Tenebrosas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 27, 1944 with Merle Oberon and Thomas Mitchell reprising their film roles. See more »

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As Leslie Calvin enters the front porch area, Cleeve empties his pipe and places it in the breast pocket of his jacket with the bowl of the pipe protruding above the pocket line. Later on the tour of the plantation as Mr. Sydney passes by Cleeve the pipe is gone but in the next shot just seconds after Mr. Sydney has walked a few steps away, the pipe is again clearly visible. See more »

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Atmospheric little film-noir
2 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DARK WATERS is an engaging little movie with a great setting: the almost-deserted bayous of the American South, which provide a hostile backdrop to the hostile storyline. This is one of those descent-into-madness type movies, where you're never quite sure if the protagonist is losing his or her mind, or whether everyone really is out to get them. As such, it's one of the earliest variations on the theme I've seen.

The movie benefits from some strong players in the cast, notably Merle Oberon's lead, Leslie, who does the whole haunted-while-remaining-sympathetic thing very well. Franchot Tone, as the doctor who becomes involved in her case, is also very stalwart as a dependable hero type. Thomas Mitchell's villain has more than a touch of the Charles Laughtons about him, and of course there's a nice part for Elisha Cook Jr., too.

The story is quite slowly paced but it does take time to build the atmosphere and in the end it pays off with the doom-laden climax which finishes everything up as you would hope. As such films are usually all about the atmosphere, I think this one's readily up to the job.


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