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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
Enid Hewitt ...
Ruth, the housekeeper
Sally Rogers ...
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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31 August 1951 (Finland)  »

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Nehemiah: Ah, Shakespeare. Now that man could turn a phrase better than our MP.
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The Dream of Olwen
Composed by Charles Williams
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Great tear-jerker
10 January 2016 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

Compared to today's line-readers sometimes called, "actors," this cast is first-rate. A bit corny, perhaps, but so is Gone With the Wind. The film hit a nerve with 1947 audiences who were dreaming their war dead might return. Watch it with that thought in mind and you'll shed tears.

The film keeps replaying and replaying Charles Williams' "Dream of Olwen" a perhaps little too much, but I don't tire of it. For over 50 years, "Dream of Olwen" has been one of my favorite musical pieces. Not until recently did I learn that it came from this film.

The young amnesiac woman who visits on the night of the 25th anniversary of the death of Julia's sister, Olwen, brings too many coincidental similarities to Olwen. The story is an wonderful original mystery tale.


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