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The Forbidden Street (1949)
"Britannia Mews" (original title)

Passed  |   |  Drama, History  |  3 May 1949 (USA)
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A rich woman in Victorian England marries a poor artist from the wrong side of the track, and finds herself the victim of a blackmailing plot.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Henry Lambert / Gilbert Lauderdale
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Adelaide 'Addie' Culver
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Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
Fay Compton ...
Mrs. Culver
A.E. Matthews ...
Mr. Bly
Diane Hart ...
The Blazer
Anne Butchart ...
Alice Hambro
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Mr. Culver
Anthony Tancred ...
Treff Culver
Herbert C. Walton ...
The Old 'Un (as Herbert Walton)
Mary Martlew ...
Milly Lauderdale
June Allen ...
Adelaide Culver, as child
Susanne Gibbs ...
Alice, as child
Heather Latham ...
Blazer, as child
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A rich woman in Victorian England marries a poor artist from the wrong side of the track, and finds herself the victim of a blackmailing plot.

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For herself alone...she must answer for what she was and did!

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3 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Affairs of Adelaide  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to a biography of star Dana Andrews, he was very upset that after carefully cultivating the appropriate English accent for his role as the artist, his voice was then "looped" by an English actor (for the British prints only; in the prints for the U.S. and foreign markets outside the British Commonwealth Andrews's voice is his own) 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 performance and obvious job of dubbing. See more »

Quotes

Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: I pay you 10 shillings a week and I expect some service for it. Here! All right you old fool do what you like but not so likely you find somebody to pay you I do and ask little for it.
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey: Hold on there, No call to talk so nasty to friends, I do it this once
Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: You do it as many times I tell ya if you know what good for ya
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey: not so nasty I said, I don't mind you a favor now and then accounting you paying me
Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: Why then?
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey: I tell ya deary, I'm a woman who never had child I got one now You
Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: I soon be mother by ...
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Atmosphere for days
12 September 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Keeping Maureen O'Hara on its payroll throughout the 1940s was one of the smartest things Twentieth Century Fox ever did: She was capable and spirited, and so pretty that it wouldn't have mattered if she couldn't act at all. Here she is in a typically feisty role, a well-to-do London miss who marries badly and becomes victimized by a creepy old streetwoman (Dame Sybil Thorndike). As a melodrama in the "Gaslight" vein with bizarre comedy touches, it's fairly silly, but there's much to savor, especially in the details: an atmospheric backlot set (I think it was actually filmed on 20th's British soundstage), blackmail, puppetry, cackling hags, some tasty dialogue, and one exceedingly odd moment where Dana Andrews invites his ladylove's little brother to bed.


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