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Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)

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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Mary Merrall ...
Mrs. EllenSutton
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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
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Miss Porter
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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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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 »

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Version of Pink String and Sealing Wax (1949) See more »

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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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A classical Victorian era pot boiler but lacking sufficient zest.
8 April 2004 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

Excellent acting from the lead players, (especially from Mervyn Johns as the puritanical Victorian pater familias and Googie Withers as the pub landlady and murderess), and a good supporting cast as well mean that this Victorian-era pot boiler set in Brighton could have been something special, given the right direction. Unfortunately, though, it lacks this latter quality and the plot development is disjointed and lacks the necessary twists and thrills to have done the job. What results is a very average, Saturday afternoon matinee thriller, which leaves you thinking of the many ways it could have been improved upon. Perhaps a film studies seminar could use it for this purpose? 6/10.


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