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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 »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(16 articles)
User Reviews:
Not the chiller it was advertised as but still a polished and flowing story See more (54 total) »

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)
Jane Crowley ... Minor Role (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)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (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)
Eleanore Vogel ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Podge (uncredited)

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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 (1986) (festival rating) | 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) | USA:TV-PG (TV Rating)

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Trivia:
Contrary to popular belief the film was never banned in the UK. However despite some TV showings it was never submitted to the BBFC until 1998 where it received an uncut video PG video certificate.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the early scene where Nell and Lord Mortimer drive by in a carriage, Nell is holding her cockatoo. Depending on the shot, the cockatoo's position and behavior change completely - in some it is sitting absolutely still, in others it is curled up preening itself.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 "American Horror Story" (2011)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Not the chiller it was advertised as but still a polished and flowing story, 11 August 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Master George Sims runs the famous mental asylum Bedlam for his own personal amusement – using the inmates for his own ends (such as entertaining powerful guests) even if it means his patients die as a result; although even when they do, it matters naught to Sims or his political peers. However the arrival of Nell Bowen with Lord Mortimer exposes Sims to his first critical voice as she tries to reform the asylum to actual treat the patients rather than abuse them. Although Sims can initially control her by pushing the right political buttons on Mortimer, she continues to strive for change and Sims is forced to take further steps to protect his cruel way of life.

A strange mix of well-written dialogue with some comic touches, a solid story, an interesting debate and chiller; however I think those that are disappointed in the film tend to put to much onus on the latter rather than the former qualities. I agree that the film really does fall flat when it comes to drawing the horror and tension out Nell's imprisonment but there was enough going on to cover for it. The early stages are quite light, with flowing dialogue and some moments of wit that are enjoyable and offer a bit of menace just below the surface where I'd hoped it would gradually be revealed as more. Sadly in the second half this menace didn't come out enough and it wasn't as chilling as I would have liked. Despite this it is still interesting and is a polished film that is very engaging.

The basic story is simple enough and the debate over Sim's methods versus the "Quaker lies" is a nice addition despite it always falling on the side of Nell. The dialogue contains too many "thee's" and "thou's" for its own good but it is still nicely poetic and flows well, adding to the classy feel of the film. With these words the cast mostly stand up well to it. Karloff has fun with the words and enjoys mixing intelligent wit with his usual brand of menace. Lee is good despite being a bit too liberal for her won good, although she gets off better than Fraser, who stumbles across nearly every word he has to say and comes across about as natural as PVC. Hodgson, House and others all give good support but mostly the film is best when Karloff and Lee are on screen together.

Overall not a chiller or horror by any means, although you can see why people expect it to be. However it is still a professional period piece that flows well with the dialogue and most of the actors to produce an enjoyable story that is worth seeing.

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