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Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)

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A drunken, abusive tavern-keeper's adulterous wife uses the backward son of a rigid, puritanical pharmacist who makes his entire family miserable.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
Mary Merrall ...
Mrs. Ellen Sutton
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David Sutton
Jean Ireland ...
Victoria Sutton
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Peggy Sutton
Colin Simpson ...
James Sutton
David Walbridge ...
Nicholas Sutton (as David Wallbridge)
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John Carol ...
Dan Powell
Catherine Lacey ...
Miss Porter
Garry Marsh ...
Joe Bond
Pauline Letts ...
Louise
Maudie Edwards ...
Frederick Piper ...
Dr. Pepper
John Owers ...
Frank
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In Victorian Brighton a scheming pub landlady befriends an innocent chemist's assistant in order to get hold of poison to do away with her boozy husband. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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2 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Achtung Gift!  »

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When submitted to the US Production Code Administration in script form in November 1947, it was rejected because it showed details of a crime and ended with a suicide. It was released without receiving a PCA Seal of Approval. See more »

Soundtracks

Virtue's Treasure
(uncredited)
from "The Beggar's Opera"
Written by John Gay
Music by Frederic Austin after the version by John Pepusch
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Subdued
19 April 2014 | by (london uk) – See all my reviews

A regrettably subdued film from a first-rate director. He hadn't really got into his stride when he made this. Its studio setting feels as if it were something of a straitjacket for him.

There are compensations, though. There is an excellent leading lady, Googie Withers, who smolders superbly. Mervyn Johns is likewise splendid as a rigid paterfamilias. There a number of imaginatively shot scenes, notably the main act of villainy. And there are a couple of unintentionally hilarious moments, such as when a subplot character sings HOME SWEET HOME to gain the attention of Dame Nellie Melba - no, I'm not making that up.

Ronald Hamer's masterpieces were soon to come: IT ALWAYS RAINS ON Sunday (again with Ms Withers) and KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS.


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