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Man of Evil (1944)
"Fanny by Gaslight" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  January 1948 (USA)
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Returning to 1870's London after finishing at boarding school, Fanny winesses the death of her father in a fight with Lord Manderstoke. She then finds that her family has for many years ... See full summary »

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Ann Stephens ...
Fanny as a child
Gloria Sydney ...
Lucy as a child
Phyllis Calvert ...
Fanny
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Wilfrid Lawson ...
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Jean Kent ...
Lucy
Margaretta Scott ...
Alicia
Nora Swinburne ...
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Helen Haye ...
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William Hopwood
Stuart Lindsell ...
Amy Veness ...
Mrs. Heaviside
Ann Wilton ...
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Returning to 1870's London after finishing at boarding school, Fanny winesses the death of her father in a fight with Lord Manderstoke. She then finds that her family has for many years been running a bordello next door to their home. When her mother dies shortly after, she next discovers that her real father is in fact a well-respected politician. Meeting him and then falling in love with his young advisor Harry Somerford leads to a life of ups and downs and conflict between the classes. Periodically the scoundrel of a Lord crosses her path, always to tragic effect. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Originally banned in the USA because it transgressed the Hays Purity Code See more »

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Remade as Fanny by Gaslight (1981) See more »

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Lorelin Waltz
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Music by Johann Strauß Sr.
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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overblown Gainsborough gloop
6 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did want to like this British 40s movie, but there's just too much against it - Phyllis Calvert, who acquires a terribly chic accent straight from school; wooden Stewart Granger as the parliamentary secretary who loves Fanny; John Laurie as her dad with an illicit business on the side; politicians self-destructing; and far too little of James Mason, here giving yet another brooding and sadistic, sardonic aristocrat.

'Fanny By Gaslight' does try - it manages to get subject matter into it that must have seemed very daring in the 1940s, it starts well and grows into some good scenes between Fanny ('only Hooper') and her employer's wife. Then - perhaps because of Granger, IMO - it starts to backfire badly and become a bore. A great disappointment.


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