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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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Well-structured But Gets A Bit Cluttered 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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12 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Well-structured But Gets A Bit Cluttered, 20 April 2006
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

In this suspenseful movie, we meet James Mason as he lectures about crime to a group of students. He is an eminent neurologist. In flashback, we learn of the girl whose eyesight he's saved. In the course of doing this, he fell in hove with her mother.

It's a murder-mystery; so that's as much plot as I'll give. Pamela Mason is appropriately unappealing as the woman's nosy sister-in-law. Mason, one of my favorite actors, is very good.

As a suspense movie -- a noir, of sorts -- it is excellent. It positions itself as more, unfortunately. Initially, it's intriguing to realize that the central figure in the case history Mason's reciting is himself. But there are red herrings. More distracting, there is philosophizing -- not to mention a most unsatisfactory final scene.

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