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According to a biography of star Dana Andrews, he was very upset that after carefully cultivating a British accent for his role as the artist, his voice was dubbed by a British man whose identity the studio refused to reveal and who remains a mystery to this day. This was done in an effort to give to British audiences a more accurate accent for someone who would have lived in the mews. However, Andrews, critics, and audiences alike felt it was an inferior and obvious job of dubbing. See more »
The Forbidden Street.-Brittania Mews-Avoid;Needs Urban Renewal *1/2
Dana Andrews takes a double role here. In his first part, he tries to do an imitation of Ronald Colman. Where did he ever dream up that accent? It was awful. This was Dana's biggest bomb in pictures. Even in 1945's "State Fair," he was far superior here.
The best performance by far here is by Dame Sybil Thorndike as a nasty woman who blackmails Maureen O'Hara, when hubby Andrews takes a fatal flop down the staircase. Had the picture kept up with the blackmailing, it would have been far superior. Instead, it jumps to 3 years later when from out of the blue, Andrews reappears as a look alike to the fallen husband. He quickly chases the old bat Thorndike away; takes up with O'Hara but sleeps separately from her because he is already married. Nice morals are displayed here.
Having found the dead husband's puppets, Dana #2 and Maureen soon go into the puppetry business and because of it, Brittania Mews, a slum for all seasons, soon becomes a different environment. Isn't this just ducky?
In showing the slum area, the set decorations are even worse than you expect.
This misery lasts for 1:37. Too much to handle.
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