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While I Live (1947)

25 years later, a spinster still obsesses over the death of her composer sister and concludes she has returned, reincarnated, in an amnesiac woman who chances upon her house seeking help.

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Carol Raye ...
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Nehemiah
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Christine Sloan
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Peter Sloan
John Warwick ...
George Grant
Audrey Fildes ...
Olwen Trevelyan
Ernest Butcher ...
Ambrose, the innkeeper
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Ruth, the housekeeper
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Hannah, waitress
Charles Victor ...
Sergeant Pearne
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Selby
Johnnie Schofield ...
Alfie
John Martyn ...
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Brenda Cameron ...
Mary
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In 1922, young composer and pianist Olwen Trevelyan, troubled and sleepless over her inability to finish the final notes of her composition, falls to her death from the cliffs of Cornwall. As years pass, Olwen's sister Julia obsessively keeps Olwen's memory alive in the family home. The young composer gains posthumous fame because of her tragic death and her haunting, unfinished composition, "The Dream of Olwen." Twenty-five years later, on the anniversary of Olwen's death, the family gathers to listen to a radio broadcast of "The Dream." Suddenly, a young woman bursts into the room, sits down at the piano, and begins playing along with the music. Claiming to have lost her memory, the young woman is cared for by the obsessed Julia, who comes to believe she is the reincarnation of her dead sister. Written by NewsHound

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Nehemiah: Ah, Shakespeare. Now that man could turn a phrase better than our MP.
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While I Live
Composed by Charles Williams
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Great Film
26 September 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film dozens of times, albeit that the music "The Dream of Olwen" is the most haunting and beautiful piece and holds this film together, the acting and story line I find entertaining and most pleasant...It's a GREAT pity they don't make films like this now, instead of the some of the TRASH that is churned out.

I hope this film will soon be put to DVD and available in England. So many fine British films never seem to find their way to DVD of even become available to the British public

If you like truly great music (Written by Charles Williams) and a light yet very watchable film then this is for you, a haunting film that you will recall, and watch time and again..Excellent !


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