Under Capricorn (1949)

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A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Leighton ...
Cecil Parker ...
Denis O'Dea ...
Mr. Corrigan
Jack Watling ...
The Coachman
John Ruddock ...
Mr. Potter
Bill Shine ...
Mr. Banks
Victor Lucas ...
The Rev. Smiley
Ronald Adam ...
Mr. Riggs
Francis De Wolff ...
Major Wilkins (as Francis de Wolff)
G.H. Mulcaster ...
Dr. Macallister
Olive Sloane ...


In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

8 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les amants du Capricorne  »

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1.37 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock intended this film to be a drama. But the publicity department released the posters of this film as if it belonged in the genres of "Mystery" and "Horror." One of the posters of this film read "Murder will Out" and "A Woman driven by the demons of hell!" So when the film was released, Alfred Hitchcock was severely criticized for the lack of thrilling moments in this film compared to his previous films. See more »


At one point in the film, a character says that employees to be fired should be given their "pink slips." The film takes place in 1830s Australia. An article in the New York Times dates the earliest use of the term "pink slip" to 1910. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: In seventeen-hundred and seventy, Captain Cook discovered Australia. Sixty years later, the city of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, had grown on the edge of three million square miles of unknown land. The colony exported raw materials. It imported material even more raw - prisoners, many of them unjustly convicted, who were to be shaped into the pioneers of a great dominion. In eighteen-hundred and thirty-one King William the Fourth sent a new governor to rule the colony. ...
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Underrated and beautifully photographed
17 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While certainly uncharacteristic of Hitchcock's American films this film still has the Master's unmistakable imprint. Joseph Cotton is excellent in his role as a common man who resents the upper class of which he can never be a part. The rest of the actors do a fine job including Ingrid Bergman's turn as Cotton's drunk half mad wife. Perhaps the best and most interesting aspect of the film is the gorgeous Technicolor cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Cardiff who is probably best known for his work with Powell and Pressburger does a great job bringing the rich color of this period piece to the screen. The camera work is also characteristically Hitchcock with many long traveling shots with wonderfully complex compositions. The pace is slow and lacking suspense, but the characters and the situations are interesting and make the film work despite the pacing problems. Certainly not one of Hitchcock's strongest films, but definitely worth watching.

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