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Release Date:
8 March 1948 (UK) See more »
Emily, a pretty young Irish girl, gets a job on an English farm owned by the Tallent family. The local men take to her but the women don't... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anne Crawford ... Bess Stanforth
Maxwell Reed ... Dan
George Thorpe ... Mr. Tallent
Barry Morse ... Robert Stanforth
Liam Redmond ... Father Cocoran
Cyril Smith ... Joe

Honor Blackman ... Julie Tallent
Denis Gordon ... Saul Trevethick
Grant Tyler ... Larry Tallent
Norman Shelley ... Smithers
George Merritt ... Constable
Ann Clery ... Miss Foley
Arthur Hambling ... Jacob

David Greene ... David Price
Leslie Armstrong
Iris Vandeleur ... Mrs. Smithers
Siobhan McKenna ... Emily Beaudine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexis Milne ... (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... Irish Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Nora O'Mahoney ... Miss Hegarty (uncredited)

Directed by
Lance Comfort 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Max Catto  play "They Walk Alone"
Max Catto  screenplay

Produced by
James A. Carter .... executive producer
Victor Hanbury .... producer
Original Music by
Clifton Parker 
Cinematography by
Stanley Pavey 
Film Editing by
Lito Carruthers 
Art Direction by
Ivan King 
Andrew Mazzei (supervising art director)
Makeup Department
Ida Mills .... hairdresser
Nell Taylor .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Fraser Foulsham .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dicky Leeman .... assistant director
Sound Department
George Burgess .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
Len Page .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Monty Berman .... camera operator
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera
Bernard Lewis .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Sinclair .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Other crew
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A decent little film, 8 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Daughter of Darkness" begins with some very cool opening credits. The font and backgrounds are quite striking and work well with the rest of the film. As for the rest of the movie, it's an odd little story about a strange woman who rubs other women the wrong way. While I thought this aspect of the story was overdone, the overall film is worth your time.

The story begins with a bunch of sexless old biddies approaching the local priest. They think that his housekeeper, Emily, is evil. Why exactly they think that is a bit vague--but apparently they hate her because men are inexplicably attracted to her (she's not THAT pretty by the way). Regardless, the priest is a wimpy guy who just wants things to be quiet, so he sends her to work for some far off folks. However, once in the new locale, once again the local women inexplicably grow to hate her. The problem is, you learn later that they have darned good reason--though they have no idea how bad she really is!

This is a good film but I think some of it was overdone. The way women almost automatically hate Emily seems ridiculous and making all this more subtle would have worked much better. Still, it is an enjoyable little film and worth seeing despite a few limitations.

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