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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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Cook
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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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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 »

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

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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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Hydropaten Waltz, Op.149
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Music by József Gungl
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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a little slow
6 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Mason and Barbara Mullen have "A Place of One's Own" in this 1945 film also starring Margaret Lockwood and Dennis Price. The only problem is, someone else owns it, too - the ghost of the former owner, which Mr. and Mrs. Smedhurst (Mason and Mullen) discover when they move in. When they hire a companion for Mrs. Smedhurst, the beautiful Annette, things become very strange indeed. The more they learn about the former owner, the stranger it gets.

Mason for some reason, at the age of about 36, plays an elderly man; Barbara Mullen was a little older, but not by much. I immediately thought the story would be told in flashback, with Mason playing a younger man, but no. He does an excellent job. He has the walk and the voice of an old man. Lockwood creates a wonderful character, very sweet and genuine. She had a very wide range as an actress, as she proved in one of her best roles,in Wicked Lady, and years later, in Cast a Dark Shadow.

"A Place of One's Own" is slow and, for this writer anyway, totally predictable. If I had seen it in 1945, I might have felt differently. Despite good performances, it didn't really hold my attention. If you're not familiar with this genre, you will undoubtedly enjoy it more than I did. I came away feeling it was just okay.


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