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The Seventh Veil -- In this psychological drama, a troubled concert pianist (Ann Todd) is torn between her unstable cousin (Mason), and the psychiatrist who helps her to make a psychological and professional recovery.


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Muriel Box (original story and screenplay) &
Sydney Box (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 February 1946 (USA) See more »
Is There Always a SEVENTH VEIL Between a Woman and the Men Who Love Her? See more »
One dark summer night, Francesca Cunningham, a once world famed pianist, escapes from her hospital room... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Power women of the 1950s: Muriel and Betty Box
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 5 October 2013, 4:07 PM, PDT)

Herbert Lom obituary
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R.I.P. Herbert Lom
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James Mason ... Nicholas
Ann Todd ... Francesca

Herbert Lom ... Dr. Larsen
Hugh McDermott ... Peter Gay
Albert Lieven ... Maxwell Leyden
Yvonne Owen ... Susan Brook
David Horne ... Dr. Kendall
Manning Whiley ... Dr. Irving
Grace Allardyce ... Nurse
Ernest Davies ... Parker
John Slater ... James
Arnold Goldsborough ... Conductor
Muir Mathieson ... Conductor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beatrice Varley ... (uncredited)
Margaret Withers ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Compton Bennett 
Writing credits
Muriel Box (original story and screenplay) &
Sydney Box (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Sydney Box .... producer
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel  (as Ben Frankel)
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gordon Hales 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Sinclair (dresses)
Makeup Department
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist (as Freda Steiger)
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Knox Laing .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Dorsett .... first assistant director (as Herbert Dorsett)
Art Department
James A. Carter .... set designer (as James Carter)
Frank O. Salisbury .... painter: portrait of Miss Todd
Ivan King .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Burgess .... director of sound (as George E. Burgess)
L. Clark .... sound recordist
Gordon Hay .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Mason .... camera operator
Terry Turtle .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Helga Cranston .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Eileen Joyce .... musician: piano, Ann Todd's performances (uncredited)

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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The idea for the film came about when Sydney Box was asked to make a documentary about rehabilitation of shell-shocked soldiers using hypnosis and truth drugs. Muriel Box suddenly thought what a wonderful film could be made about the rehabilitation of a famous dancer or violinist.See more »
Continuity: When Francesca performs in her first concert, she is wearing a small cross necklace. When she faints at the end of the concert, the necklace has inexplicably disappeared in the close-ups of her on the stage floor.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Herbert Lom's blueprint for "The Human Jungle", 12 November 2007
Author: howardmorley from United Kingdom

Herbert Lom played the principal part as a psychiatrist, in a successful 1960s British TV series called "The Human Jungle".I feel sure he got this part from his resume in "The Seventh Veil"(1945) playing the role of Dr. Larsen the psychiatrist who unravels the mental problem which plagues a suicidal Ann Todd (Francesca Cunningham).I have a love of films which portray great dexterity at playing classical music.In my collection are Margaret Lockwood in "Love Story" (1944) and John Garfield in "Humoresque (1945), I even liked Cornel Wilde playing Frederic Chopin!Once again Eileen Joyce is called upon to provide the authentic classical piano music heard on the soundtrack.Featured pieces she plays include: the Grieg piano concerto in A, the Pathetique sonata, 2nd movement, by Beethoven, the Brahms lullaby and the Rachmaninov piano concerto no.2 in c minor which she also played as a backdrop to "Brief Encounter (1945).The music is under the expert direction of Muir Matheson with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Other reviewers have described the plot adequately so just a few additional notes on the acting.Psychiatry was a popular theme with film makers in the 1940s c.f."Spellbound" with Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman (1945) and it features as a means to rescue a suicidal Ann Todd.She plays the role with a rather expressionless demeanor throughout.Was this because she was directed to play it this way by her director as her character was being totally dominated by her guardian and 2nd cousin Nicholas, as played by a dark, brooding and menacing James Mason?She did however act playing the piano pieces effectively.Did Eileen Joyce give Ann some backstage tutoring to give authenticity to her "playing"?The denouement when Francesca is cured by Dr Larsen and has to choose one of her three male friends is, I agree with a previous reviewer, a bit "Mills & Boon".Overall I enjoyed this film and rated it 6/10 mainly because of the wonderful classical music played.

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