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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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Mrs. Manning Tutthorn
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Sarah
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P. C. Hargreaves
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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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The first film in which Margaret Lockwood highlighted a mole high on her left cheekbone. Although noticeable in some earlier publicity shots she henceforward marked it in black, and it became a trademark of sorts. See more »

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

Quotes

Mr. Smedhurst: If there's one thing I can't stand, it's mystery.
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Version of Mystery and Imagination: A Place of One's Own (1968) See more »

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String Quartet No.2: Nocturne
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Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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Overly Civilized
18 July 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

I never thought I'd be saying it after all the stupid blood fests I've sat through in theatres, hoping for a good occult film. But this movie could have used some of that red stuff, both literally and figuratively. In sum, the movie's an over-civilized treatment of a subject that thrives on atmosphere and chills. Too bad, there's neither in this slow-moving, scattered exercise that appears more concerned with James Mason's reactions than the haunting itself. Ordinarily a fine understated actor, his unrelenting bluster here tends to overshadow the weakly worked-out plot. I kept wishing that Val Lewton & RKO had gotten hold of the material first (I Walked with a Zombie, The Seventh Victim, et al). That crew knew how to haunt the imagination with implied images of horror, the essence of a good ghost story. But an effect of that sort requires both the ingredients of atmosphere and suspense, so crucially absent here. There is one scene however that grabbed me. Mrs. Smedhurst and companion Annette are sitting by the piano following an apparent visitation. Suddenly, the-matter-of-fact older lady stares past the camera, into space, as though hypnotized by something beyond her reference and ours. It's a subtly chilling moment. Too bad, the remainder of the tale fails to follow up.


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