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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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Doctor James Mason involved in a difficult jealousy drama with two women, one his mistress, the other her sister-in-law. 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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Doctor James Mason involved in a difficult jealousy drama with two women, one his mistress, the other her sister-in-law., 23 February 2015
Author: clanciai from Sweden

This is a very unusual and intelligent thriller, like most thrillers involving doctors usually are. It is the first of James Mason's very few own productions and features his own wife, Pamela Mason, here Pamela Kellino, as the second of the two ladies he is involved with, both of them leading to disaster. The intrigue cleverly leads astray at times while at the same time it sharpens as the doctor (James Mason) finds his own case constantly more crucial. He stages a kind of mock trial with himself by giving a lecture at the medical theatre with all rows filled with young attentive students, and one student almost sees through his show and sharpens his case even further. Is he in control or is he not? Has he the right to judge what's right or wrong or has he not? The film poses many questions, and the questioning becomes increasingly more critical, until in the end he is faced with the final trial as a doctor, when an emergency calls on him to perform one more brain surgery. It's the doctor who assists him who puts him to the final test, and these scenes are the most interesting and important in the film. James Mason as the doctor has no other choice than to be consistent with his own argument and conclude his own case after having received an understated sentence by his elderly colleague. It's a remarkable film, not for its direction, which could have been better, but for its very thought-provoking story with the presentation of a case which not even doctors could in any possible way be called upon to give a fair judgement of. The tragedy of this case is that James Mason, one of the best actors ever, a constantly brooding romantic hero, more Hamletian than Byronic, has no other choice, which probably no one could reasonably disagree with.

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