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Director:
Writers:
William Hogarth (suggested by The William Hogarth painting Bedlam Plate #8 "The Rake's Progress")
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Release Date:
10 May 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sensational Secrets of Infamous Mad-house EXPOSED! (1946 one-sheet poster)
Plot:
Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Master George Sims

Anna Lee ... Nell Bowen
Billy House ... Lord Mortimer
Richard Fraser ... The Stonemason
Glen Vernon ... The Gilded Boy (as Glenn Vernon)

Ian Wolfe ... Sidney Long
Jason Robards Sr. ... Oliver Todd (as Jason Robards)
Leyland Hodgson ... That Devil Wilkes (as Leland Hodgson)
Joan Newton ... Dorothea the Dove
Elizabeth Russell ... Mistress Sims
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Polly Bailey ... Scrub Woman (uncredited)
John Beck ... Solomon (uncredited)
Hamilton Camp ... Pompey (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Clarke ... Dan the Dog (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Queen of the Artichokes (uncredited)
Frankie Dee ... Pompey (uncredited)
Bruce Edwards ... The Warder (uncredited)
Betty Gillette ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Chief Commissioner (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... John Gray (uncredited)
Vic Holbrook ... Tom the Tiger (uncredited)
George Holmes ... 2nd Stonemason (uncredited)
John Ince ... Judge (uncredited)
Jimmy Jordan ... 3rd Stonemason (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Varney (uncredited)
Donna Lee ... Cockney Girl (uncredited)
Nan Leslie ... Cockney Girl (uncredited)
James Logan ... Bailiff (uncredited)
John Meredith ... 1st Maniac (uncredited)

Tommy Noonan ... 1st Stonemason (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... 2nd Commissioner (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney ... Lord Sandwich (uncredited)
Robert Seiter ... John the Footman (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Sims' Friend (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Podge (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
William Hogarth (suggested by The William Hogarth painting Bedlam Plate #8 "The Rake's Progress")

Val Lewton (screenplay) (as Carlos Keith) and
Mark Robson (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer
Val Lewton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lyle Boyer 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doran Cox .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Sturtevant .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Jean L. Speak .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Harold E. Stine .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 (1986) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1955) (passed with cuts) (original rating: not approved) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (PCA #11077, Adult Audience)

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Trivia:
In one of the street scenes, a flower seller is heard calling. "Lavender, sweet blooming lavender,/ Six bunches a penny today, /Lavender, sweet blooming lavender,/ Ladies buy it while you may." This is an actual old street cry from London.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Nell Bowen's bird is a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, native to Australia. They were not imported to Europe until after 1788.See more »
Quotes:
Lord Mortimer:A capital fellow, this Sims, a capital fellow.
Nell Bowen:If you ask me, M'Lord, he's a stench in the nostrils, a sewer of ugliness, and a gutter brimming with slop.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shutter Island (2010)See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not Really A Horror Movie, 10 July 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

As a child in the 1970s I always used to look forward to the Summer months when BBC 2 used to have horror double bills in the late evenings . These would usually feature the Universal Frakenstien and Dracula franchise along with some other movies like THEM , THE MUMMY and occasionally a Hammer horror . I do remember seeing a Boris Karloff movie called BEDLAM and thought that it only qualified as a horror movie because of Karloff and after seeing it again tonight it's obvious that it's not a horror film , more of a dark period drama

Taken on its own BEDLAM isn't a bad movie though it's by no means a great one either . The uneven quality probably is probably due to the star billing taking precedence over the story which is something of a pity . Yeah okay Karloff can exude menace but the story doesn't really pick up until we're introduced to the main plot of Nell being interned in the notorious lunatic asylum and this doesn't happen till half way through the movie . Until then we've got to put up with long talky scenes with characters speaking in rather irritating mid Atlantic accents . The rather dated feel surrounding mental health doesn't help either since the heroine describes the inmates as " Loonies " even though she doesn't mean any malice and I don't know if it's deliberate but someone seems to have confused sanity with intelligence . Does knowing the alphabet and being able to count mark you out as being sane ?

I couldn't help noticing a very interesting subtext when the main plot takes off and that's that the movie sides with pacifist quaker philosophy . In 1946 the Western World had united to help defeat that Hitler chappie and rightly or wrongly this could only have been achieved through the violence of war . Are the producers sticking up for pacifist ideals ? Probably not and it's open to interpretation but I think BEDLAM is analogy for the Soviet Union where people of all faiths were imprisoned in psychiatric hospitals . It should also be remembered that a year previously the Soviet Union and the West were brothers in arms united in their opposition to Hitler which may explain the somewhat confused moral message of the movie

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