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The Upturned Glass -- James Mason plays a Harley Street doctor who plans to murder the woman responsible for the death of the woman he loved. Mason's co-star and real-life wife Pamela Kellino also wrote the script, which was producd by the famous Betty Box.


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Release Date:
29 December 1947 (Portugal) See more »
From the original story by Jno P. Monaghan.
A British brain surgeon punishes the murderess of his lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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10 gripping British thrillers of the 1940s
 (From Den of Geek. 18 June 2013, 1:12 PM, PDT)

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"Today I Sat In Judgement" See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

James Mason ... Michael Joyce
Rosamund John ... Emma Wright
Pamela Mason ... Kate Howard (as Pamela Kellino)
Ann Stephens ... Ann Wright
Morland Graham ... Clay
Brefni O'Rorke ... Dr. Farrell
Henry Oscar ... Coroner
Jane Hylton ... Miss Marsh
Sheila Huntington ... 1st Girl Student
Susan Shaw ... 2nd Girl Student
Peter Cotes ... Male Student
Nuna Davey ... Mrs. Jenny Deva
Judith Carol ... Joan Scott-Trotter
John Monaghan ... U.S. Driver (as Jno. P. Monaghan)
Maurice Denham ... Mobile Policeman
Janet Burnell ... Sylvia - Party Guest
Margaret Withers ... Party Guest
Beatrice Varley ... Injured Girl's Mother
Hélène Burls ... Farm Laborer's Wife (as Helene Burls)
Howard Douglas ... Lorry Driver
Richard Afton ... Lorry Driver's Mate
Lyn Evans ... County Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cyril Chamberlain ... Junior Doctor (uncredited)
George Merritt ... Policeman (uncredited)
Glyn Rowland ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Stone ... Male Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Lawrence Huntington 
Writing credits
John Monaghan (from the original story by) (as Jno P. Monaghan)

John Monaghan (screenplay) (as Jno. P. Monaghan) and
Pamela Mason (screenplay) (as Pamela Kellino)

Produced by
Betty E. Box .... associate producer
Sydney Box .... producer
James Mason .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Stevens 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Antony Darnborough .... production manager
Fraser Foulsham .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Basil Keys .... assistant director
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
George Burgess .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Lewis .... camera (as Bernie Lewis)
Cyril Stanborough .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jean Barker .... cutter
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Other crew
J. Arthur Rank .... presenter

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90 min | 83 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"Today I Sat In Judgement", 29 October 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

James Mason in one of his last British films before accepting that contract with MGM and leaving for America plays a doctor who may have become too detached from life. A prominent brain surgeon he accepts the case of young Ann Stephens whose eyesight he saves with a delicate operation. In the process he falls in love with Ann's mother Rosamund John.

Both Mason and John are separated from their respective spouses and we never meet either of them in The Upturned Glass. But their relationship contains a mixture of guilt for both of them. Shortly after they end things, Mason hears that John falls to her death in her own home.

Mason had already met Pamela Kellino and formed a bad opinion of her almost immediately. She's Rosamund's sister-in-law and Stephen's aunt and she's a selfish materialistic woman, a regular Cruela DeVille in real life. She's easy too hate and Mason courts her to get close.

The film is told about 2/3 of the way in flashback as Mason lectures to a university class on the atypical murderer, the sane and logical one which he naturally takes himself to be. The rest of the film is a revealing portrayal of how Mason should be seen.

The Upturned Glass is a nice bit of melodramatic noir with Mason really carrying this film. His perfect performance makes The Upturned Glass seem far better than it really is.

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