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A Place of One's Own (1945)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  28 May 1945 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ...
Barbara Mullen ...
Mrs. Smedhurst
Dr. Selbie
Helen Haye ...
Mrs. Manning Tutthorn
Maj. Manning Tutthorn
Dulcie Gray ...
Moore Marriott ...
O.B. Clarence ...
Helen Goss ...
Edie Martin ...
Gus McNaughton ...
P. C. Hargreaves
Muriel George ...
John Turnbull ...
Sir Roland Jervis
Ernest Thesiger ...
Dr. Marsham


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

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28 May 1945 (UK)  »

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(British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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When supposedly toasting with port, the liquid in the glasses is clear. See more »


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


Waltz of the Flowers
from "The Nutcracker Suite"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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