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1946 (Germany) See more »
The Author of "Rebecca" and the Director of "The Seventh Veil" combine their talents in another great motion picture!
An MP who had been reportedly killed in action during the war, unexpectedly returns to his family, only to find that his wife has been persuaded to take his seat in the House of Commons. | Add synopsis »
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Michael Redgrave and Valerie Hobson Star See more (4 total) »


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Michael Redgrave ... Michael Wentworth

Valerie Hobson ... Diana Wentworth

Flora Robson ... Nanny
James McKechnie ... Richard Llewellyn

Felix Aylmer ... Sir Ernest Foster

Dulcie Gray ... Judy
John Gilpin ... Robin Wentworth
Edward Rigby ... Postman
Yvonne Owen ... Alice

Wylie Watson ... Venning

Esma Cannon ... Effie
Lyn Evans ... Ames
Joss Ambler ... Atherton
Ernest Butcher ... Old Man

Katie Johnson ... Old Man's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Muriel Aked ... Mrs. May (uncredited)
Claude Bailey ... Selection Committee Member (uncredited)
Hyma Beckley ... Opposition MP (uncredited)
Gwen Clark ... (uncredited)

Michael Hordern ... Member Of Parliament (uncredited)
Jane Hylton ... Minor role (uncredited)
George Lorenze ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Maxwell Reed ... American (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)

Directed by
Compton Bennett 
Writing credits
Daphne Du Maurier (play)

Muriel Box (screenplay) and
Sydney Box (screenplay)

Produced by
Sydney Box .... producer
Betty E. Box .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel  (as Ben Frankel)
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer 
Film Editing by
Gordon Hales 
Makeup Department
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fraser Foulsham .... production manager
Betty E. Taylor .... production manager (uncredited)
Art Department
James A. Carter .... sets (as James Carter)
Ivan King .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Burgess .... director of sound (as George E. Burgess)
H.C. Pearson .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Mason .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Sinclair .... dresses
Music Department
London Symphony Orchestra .... musicians (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty E. Box .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min | Germany:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Germany:16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006)

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Continuity: The film starts with a caption saying "June 1940" as news is received of the death of one of the characters. We see various diary entries, including one saying he's been sent to war - this one is dated "December 8th 1941."See more »
Nanny:There is peace in the world again - starting today. And if you two are any sample of what's going to happen then we might as well have the war again right away. Because we've lost the peace - lost it before its ever started.See more »


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Michael Redgrave and Valerie Hobson Star, 28 March 2015
Author: drednm from United States

Subtle drama about war and marriage. Valerie Hobson plays uppercrust wife who gets a telegram during WW II stating her husband (Michael Redgrave) has been killed. To get her out of her deep depression, friends persuade her to take her husband's seat in Parliament. She is surprised to learn she liked it. The years go by.

She's about to married a local dullard when she gets another telegram. Redgrave is alive after all, and has been a prisoner of war for all these years. When he returns, things are very unsettling. He expects everything to be the way it was, but much has changed, especially the wife.

He expects her to give up her seat, but she refuses. As the postman (Edward Rigby) keeps telling everyone, nothing will be the same after the war. He's right. Hobson finds she's indifferent to Redgrave after all these years. He keeps complaining about all the changes.

The kicker is what he really did during the war, what he couldn't tell anyone, even his wife.

Redgrave and Hobson are terrific in their roles, even if they are written rather narrowly. Flora Robson is also solid as the "nanny" who seems to have more common sense than either the husband or the wife. Others include James McKechnie as the dullard, Felix Aylmer as a politician, Dulcie Gray as Judy, Esma Cannon as the cook, and Wylie Watson as Venning.

Worth a look.

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