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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
Mary Merrall ...
Mrs.Sutton
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David
Jean Ireland ...
Victoria
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Peggy
Colin Simpson ...
James
David Walbridge ...
Nicholas (as David Wallbridge)
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John Carol ...
Dan
Catherine Lacey ...
Miss Porter
Garry Marsh ...
Joe
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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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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Googie Sizzles in her 1870s bustle and black choker
6 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

London Live TV station are currently running a season of Ealing Films and the subject was one produced in 1945, a year from which several notable films were produced.I am a fan of beautiful raven haired film star actresses of the 1940s and in her Victorian tight fitting dress and bustle with black velvet choker. Googie certainly sizzled.Although not a conventional beauty like Jennifer Jones, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Ava Gardner etc, she certainly sizzled as the alluring wife of the drunk pub owner (Garry Marsh).Gordon Jackson had to suppress his natural Scottish accent for a film set in Brighton playing a rather naive role, a bit like he did in "Millions Like Us" (1943).I endorse the sentiments of user comments above and see no point in explaining the plot again.

Mervyn Johns was to step up a few gears when he played Dr.Forrester the Butcher of Ravensbruck, a Nazi Scientist in "Counterblast"(1948).Here he just plays on overbearing, rather tyrannical Victorian father who reminds his wife that under the law at the time, her money and property devolves to him.This was to change by the Married Womens Property Act of 1884.For a connoisseur of 1940s films it was a pleasant surprise that London Live transmitted this film on TV and I awarded it 7/10.


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