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The Forbidden Street (1949)

Britannia Mews (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 3 May 1949 (USA)
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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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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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 »

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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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A Forgotten Great Dame
29 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has not appeared on television since the 1970s, when it appeared as "Forbidden Street". It is a little film with some melodrama in it regarding the death of Dana Andrews' first character (who falls out of a window) and the blackmail of Maureen O'Hara by Sybil Thorndike, but it is really of interest in the second half when Andrews (in his second role) uses a set of hand carved puppets to change this street in the slums into a thriving middle class neighborhood. An odd way to prosperity, but interesting nonetheless.

Sybil Thorndike was a remarkable actress, whose film career is not as strong as the other actors and actresses of her generation who reached stardom. Her performances on film go back to the silent films (of England), but in sound films she appeared in good cameo parts, but she never had a set of critically acclaimed leading roles like Olivier, Richardson, Redgrave, Coward, Guilgud, Evans, Ashcroft, or Rutherford. Ashcroft and Rutherford also had supporting roles in film too but both actresses had "Oscars" to show for these, as did Olivier, Guilgud, and even Coward. Yet Thorndike did get recognition for her acting with a title as "Dame" Sybil Thorndike (like "Dame" Edith Evans, and "Dame" Peggy Ashcroft). Today, to catch her performances, one has to see her in MAJOR BARBARA as the Salvation Army General or in THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL as the Queen Mother (Lawrence Olivier's mother-in-law). Both roles certainly give you an idea of her range as an actress in comedy, but FORBIDDEN STREET shows how she was in a dramatic role - as a elderly hag who blackmails Maureen O'Hara into tolerating her continuous presence, and who actually just wanted O'Hara to love her as a mother (or so she claims). It is an odd role, and she handles it with great ability. One wishes that sound had existed in the films of her youth (the silent period). At that time Thorndike played the role of Ophelia opposite John Barrymore's Hamlet. It would have been worth seeing. Let us hope that FORBIDDEN STREET is released again on dvd or video, so we can see Dame Sybil in a dramatic part again.


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