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This movie has a nicely done setting in Switzerland that makes up to some
degree for a slow and rather drab plot. It also benefits from some pretty
good leading players in Madeleine Carroll and Ian Hunter.
The story takes place in a Swiss town where quite a few French children have found refuge during the war. An innkeeper couple (Carroll and Michael Rennie) disagree with each other about whether to adopt the orphaned French boy who has been staying with them, and they spend much of the film in a battle of wills. Hunter is a well-meaning doctor trying to prevent any unpleasantness.
The Swiss setting is nicely done with good photography, and the little town, the inn, and the mountains work well. The story itself is believable, but just not very eventful except for a couple of good dramatic moments. Overall it is an average film, mostly worthwhile for the scenery and setting.
White Cradle Inn is a very strange picture. It does not have much of a
A village in the Swiss Alps provides homes for displaced French children during the war. Magda has grown very attached with Roger, a poorly boy who has nothing to go back to France for but an orphanage.
However Magda's husband Rudolph who basically seems to sponge off her as she actually owns the inn while he messes about with women, dislikes the boy immensely. When Magda wants to adopt him, he knows the price she has to pay for his written consent.
I thought when Rudolph takes the boy out for a climb, he would end up killing him but the story works out differently. I am not sure I actually by the ending as Rudolph has no redeeming features.
Madeleine Carroll looks lovely, Michael Rennie unusually for him plays a vile character, but not sure why he was suddenly so nice at the end.
There are some great camera-angles with some very abrupt, bizarre
editing between simultaneous scenes.
Rennie's character is vile, but it is a treat to see Madeleine Carroll (in the usual persona) in one of her last roles. She gets a few really worthwhile scenes, and the director hovers on some good lip-trembling close-ups. It is a good performance and it was only to be wished that the director, with his splendid lighting director and quirky editor might not have produced something better paced. The climax is so risible that it must be seen.
And I did enjoy the many caricature supporting characters.
It comes up on TV sometimes. Worth a look if you like soap opera with amusing attempts at pseudo-psychology and use of odd camera-angles, and all in the Swiss Alps.
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