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Director:
Writers:
William Hogarth (suggested by The William Hogarth painting Bedlam Plate #8 "The Rake's Progress")
Val Lewton (screenplay) ...
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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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(15 articles)
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User Reviews:
Another fine film from Val Lewton! See more (51 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)
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)

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) | 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:
Filmed July 18-late August 17 1945, the third and last collaboration between Boris Karloff and producer Val Lewton.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 Goldfinger (1964)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Another fine film from Val Lewton!, 29 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

If you're watching a classic horror movie and you see the words 'produced by Val Lewton' sprawled across your screen, you know that you're in for a great movie! While Bedlam doesn't represent Lewton's best work, or even his best collaboration with the great Boris Karloff, it's still a great atmospheric horror film. The story takes place in an eighteenth century 'Looney bin' called "Bedlam", and stars Karloff as the apothecary general. Lunatic asylums make for great settings for horror movies, especially when they're set in the time period that this one is set in. Nowadays, hospitals are more geared towards helping the patients; but back then, they weren't; making the setting more horrifying and therefore riper for a horror movie. The plot sees a young woman who becomes concerned at the way the patients are being treated at Bedlam. After trying to get the asylum to reform their practices, the powers that be decide to have her committed in order to save themselves money and stop her revealing how badly the patients are treated.

As usual with Lewton, the film breathes a thick and foreboding atmosphere and this is the main star of the show. The atmosphere is complimented by a nice story which, although there's maybe slightly too much talking, plays out well and features a great ending that is seething with irony. Mark Robson isn't as great as the other directors that Lewton has worked with; Jacques Tourneur and Robert Wise, but he knows his stuff and the three films that he made with Lewton, while falling somewhat short to the others', are still nice horror movies. The Body Snatcher will remain the finest collaboration between Karloff and Lewton - but that film was exceptional and the fact that this one doesn't live up to it isn't a commentary on it's quality. Karloff himself puts in another awesome performance and his screen presence combines with his mannerisms to create an eerie performance from the great horror legend. This film comes with high recommendations from yours truly. I'm a big fan of Lewton, and after seeing a number of his films; I don't see how anyone couldn't be.

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