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Ambitious poor relation Blanche Fuller accepts a job as governess from her wealthy cousins who have adopted the name Fury since they acquired the ancestral home of the Fury family. Blanche plots to become the lady of the manor but her illicit passion for the vengeful, obsessed Philip Thorn sets off a string of tragic events, including murder. Written by
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Costumer-drama with breathtaking scenarios and magnificent performances
This Rank production is an interesting tragic drama during the 19th century, concerning about Blanche Fury(Valerie Hobson) a young poor and ambitious woman. She receives an invitation by his cousins, the father, Simon Fury(Walter Fitzgerald) and son, Laurence(Michael Gough) for a job as governess at the Fury mansion. But there resides a headstrong Philip Thorn(Stewart Granger), an obsessive steward who aspire to possession the manor, but he gets rights for his condition of illegitimate son. Blanche marries to wealthy son but then the illicit relationship between Blanche and Thorn originates a string of fateful happenings.
This is an entertaining Gothic-drama-romance plenty of passion, tragedy, murder and plot twits. Marvelous cast with top-notch acting. Excellent Stewart Granger as the vengeful and obstinate Philip and obsessed for the manor. Granger was in his English period when he usually played lush costumer(Saraband for dead lovers, Madonna of the seven moons,Caesar and Cleopatra, Fanny by Gaslight) and the main protagonist, Valerie Hobson(Werewolf of London, Bride of Frankestein), after she married John Profumo , then a junior Churchill's minister , she left the cinema when married and later his resignation from politics caused by known 'Profumo scandal' in 1963 , then she dedicated behalf of mentally handicapped kids. Furthermore appear Michael Gough, a future star in British horror movies and Maurice Denham as Major Fraser.This haunting story packs impressive production design with attention to period detail as enjoyable palaces and sweeping outdoors. Colorful and beautifully cinematography in pastel color photographed in interior shot at Pinewood studios, London, by Guy Green( David Lean's usual) and over exterior by Geoffrey Unsworth. Evovative and descriptive musical score by Clifton Parker with habitual conductor musical of the philharmonic orchestra of London,Muir Matheson. The picture is wonderfully mounted and well directed by Marc Allegret. Rating : Better than average, well worth watching.
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