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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 »
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R.I.P. Herbert Lom
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The Superb Ann Todd See more (29 total) »


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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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Came 10th in the UK's Ultimate Film, in which films were placed in order of how many seats they sold at cinemasSee more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Francesca is about to make her continental debut and her former school friend Susan visits before the concert. When Nicholas enters the dressing room, Susan is heard speaking while her reflection can be seen in a mirror behind Francesca (her spoken words aren't synchronized with her reflected image).See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Superb Ann Todd, 15 December 2007
Author: drednm from United States

Excellent psychological thriller about a repressed pianist (Ann Todd) and her equally repressed cousin (James Mason) who is also her guardian.

Slow but compelling story about a young girl with musical talent who is sent to live with her odd cousin. They seem to despise one another and have only music in common. He tries to mold her into a concert pianist but she falls in love with an American band leader (Hugh McDermott). He whisks her off to Europe to continue her education. She becomes a famous pianist but is always under the Svengali-like spell of her lame cousin until she attempts suicide by jumping off a bride. Enter the doctor (Herbert Lom) who tries to unlock her secrets.

The music is glorious but it's the stunning Ann Todd who is mesmerizing here. A cool icy blonde with a Garbo mouth, Miss Todd (once married to David Lean) is one of the greatly underrated English actresses of the 40s. She is just superb here as Francesca (not Francis and she's NOT Ann Harding as mentioned in other reviews here). Todd has an uncanny ability to play repressed yet volcanic women. She was equally excellent in films like SO EVIL MY LOVE, MADELEINE, TIME WITHOUT PITY, and THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS. She also got to work for Hitchcock in the US in THE PARADINE CASE.

As Todd and Mason play cat and mouse, the viewer is left to guess what their secrets are and how the men in her life fit in. Todd's story is basically told in flashback while she;s under hypnosis. We never learn Mason's story.

Handsome film and well worth sticking with. Also a word must be said for Todd's amazing piano-playing scenes. She displays about the best keyboard work in any film I can think of. Her scenes as the pianist as excellent; my guess is she could also play in real life.

While Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson, and even Margaret Lockwood became major stars and well-known in the US, Ann Todd remains virtually unknown. What a pity. She's superb.

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