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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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"Are we lovers, that you thee and thou me?" 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)
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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:
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 Gulliver's Travels (1996) (TV)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"Are we lovers, that you thee and thou me?", 20 July 2005
Author: Adrian Smith (trouserpress) from Eastbourne, England

I've been a fan of Boris Karloff movies ever since I was sixteen, when Channel 4 had a late night season on Friday nights, showing great films like The Man They Couldn't Hang and The Boogie Man Will Get You. I really wish we'd have a VCR, as these films don't appear to have seen the light of day since. I've only seen Bedlam for the first time recently, but it came with great credentials (Boris Karloff AND Val Lewton) so I was more than willing to give it a try.

Karloff was born to play Master George Sims, the man who ran Bedlam, London's solution for the mentally ill or those who needed to be put away for fear of embarrassment to their families. In all his performances he manages to combine a natural warmth and sincerity with a just a hint of sadism beneath the surface. Even when playing an all out evil bad guy, like in The Black Cat, he still manages to be charming and polite. In Bedlam he is completely convincing as he ingratiates himself with the upper classes whilst threatening both the inmates and Nell Bowen, the woman who tries to improve conditions and ends up in the Institute herself.

The atmosphere portrayed in the dank, murky chambers and corridors of Bedlam is suitably dark and oppressive, and as such it invokes pity towards those incarcerated there, rather than fear. This is also probably an extension of the pity and care that Nell herself shows towards them, despite Karloff's attempts to show her compassion as limited and hypocritical.

My only real complaint about the film is the drawn out scenes between Nell and her Quaker friend who constantly reminds her of the need for non-violence and love for all around her, even Karloff himself. After a while you just want her to punch him in the face! It becomes more of a romance or even melodrama, which serves to a certain extent to undermine the more sinister elements of the film. There are also several comedic scenes with Nell's benefactor Lord Mortimer which feel slightly forced into the film, as though RKO wanted this to be lighter in tone than was usual for Lewton's horror films. Despite these minor gripes, Bedlam is still worth viewing for anyone who is a fan of Karloff, or the horror films of the 1940s. The final scenes alone, where the inmates get their revenge on the cowardly Sims, make this a film that deserves its status as a classic.

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