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A Place of One's Own (1945)

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

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Smedhurst
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Mrs. Manning Tutthorn
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Maj. Manning Tutthorn
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Sarah
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George
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Perkins
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Edie Martin ...
Cook
Gus McNaughton ...
P. C. Hargreaves
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Nurse
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Sir Roland Jervis
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Dr. Marsham
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An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the spirit of another girl, a wealthy woman who had once lived in the house but who had been murdered there. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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James Mason brings his genius to the strangest love story that ever haunted two hearts


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28 May 1945 (UK)  »

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...holt Doktor Marsham!  »

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(British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both James Mason and Barbara Mullen were in their early thirties playing a couple in at least late middle-age. Mason in particular wanted to show his range, playing against type as an avuncular, older Yorkshireman (he was from Huddersfield). In his autobiography he admitted that his performance was a failed experiment, and indeed his accent slips sometimes and his make-up and hair-lace are very obvious in close-ups. He realised that in as far as his Gainsborough Pictures roles were concerned he was better as, and expected to be, "only some heroic lady-killer, or better still: lady-basher". See more »

Goofs

When supposedly toasting with port, the liquid in the glasses is clear. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Smedhurst: A woman always mistrusts what she doesn't understand.
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Referenced in The Others (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No.2: Nocturne
(uncredited)
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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My brief review of the film
7 October 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Although it could have done with a larger dose of atmosphere, and much less comic relief and romance, this is still a highly engaging classic film, with a number of thrilling moments and interesting ideas to keep it moving along. James Mason is excellent, even if sometimes a bit over-the-top, convincingly playing a character twice his age in real life. The photography is quite magnificent, with glides and pans effectively distributed throughout. The characters are generally good too, and in fact, there is little to complain about with this production. Lockwood's performance does lack conviction though, but almost everything else is great in this film about life, death, superstitions and more.


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