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Under Capricorn
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Director:
Writers:
John Colton (play) and
Margaret Linden (play) ...
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Release Date:
8 October 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Cold husband. Broken wife. Gallant lover. A triangle set to explode...and reveal a strange and unusual crime. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
An Odd Misfire From A Great Director See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Lady Henrietta Flusky

Joseph Cotten ... Sam Flusky

Michael Wilding ... Hon. Charles Adare
Margaret Leighton ... Milly
Cecil Parker ... The Governor
Denis O'Dea ... Mr. Corrigan
Jack Watling ... Winter

Harcourt Williams ... 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 ... Sal
Maureen Delaney ... Flo
Julia Lang ... Susan
Betty McDermott ... Martha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivor Barry ... 1st Guard in Hall (uncredited)
Martin Benson ... Man Carrying Shrunken Head (uncredited)
Ronnie Hill ... 2nd Guard in Hall (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
David Keir ... Man Checking Invitations at Ball (uncredited)
Roderick Lovell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lloyd Pearson ... Land Agent (uncredited)
Richard Turner ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
John Colton (play) and
Margaret Linden (play)

Helen Simpson (novel)

Hume Cronyn (adaptation)

James Bridie (screenplay)

Joseph Shearing  uncredited
Peter Ustinov  uncredited

Produced by
Sidney Bernstein .... producer (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates  (as A.S. Bates)
 
Art Direction by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Thomas Morahan)
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse  (as Roger Furse)
Julia Squire (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
David Aylott .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Joan Smallwood .... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)
Neville Smallwood .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
John Palmer .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.R. Foster-Kemp .... assistant director (as C. Foster Kemp)
Cliff Owen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Pellatt .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Philip Stockford .... set dresser
Ted Clements .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
Geoffrey Somerton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Kenneth McCallum Tait .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
John Aldred .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
A.W. Watkins .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... operator of camera movement
Ian Craig .... operator of camera movement
Jack Haste .... operator of camera movement
David MacNeilly .... operator of camera movement
Jim Dawes .... grip (uncredited)
George Pink .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bert Rule .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
David O. Selznick .... actor arrangement: Mr. Cotten
Peggy Singer .... continuity
Jean Dyball .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Hazel Swift .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min | West Germany:111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Peru:14 | Spain:13 | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | UK:A (original rating) (1949) | USA:Approved | West Germany:16

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In 1958, Cahiers du Cinema (French Film Magazine) voted Under Capricorn (1949) as one of the ten greatest films of all time.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Shadow of boom-mic visible (top-right) during the ("What is your name?") Susan (Crumpet) kitchen sequence.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Victim of Love (1992) (V)See more »

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Robert Preston---Was He Suppose to Star in "Under Capricorn"?
Ingrid Bergman---When Was She Signed for "Under Capricorn"?
Burt Lancaster---Was He Considered for the Lead in "Under Capricorn"?
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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
An Odd Misfire From A Great Director, 13 October 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With a great director, a good cast, and a relatively interesting premise, it's surprising that this doesn't work better than it does. The Australian setting has potential, as does Joseph Cotten's character and the tangle of relationships in his household. But, despite some good scenes, it never really comes together, and even when things start to happen, it never feels as if it has hit its stride.

There's little fault to be found with the settings, which are convincing enough. Some of the characters never really come to life, but there is still an interesting mix of them. The pace is one area that definitely could have been improved, and the pre-occupation with the long takes certainly doesn't help at all. The technique worked very well in Hitchcock's "Rope", because it meshed with the setting and the subject matter. It doesn't fit so well here in "Under Capricorn", and it often dilutes the suspense rather than increasing it.

By no means is it a total clinker - the story does have some interesting parts, and with a different approach it could have been suspenseful, even memorable. Hitchcock's technical skill is still present in many respects, and even Hitchcock's lesser achievements are still worth seeing.

The movie's overly-polished feel is consistent with the approach that was chosen. It's at least one case where the more familiar, less affected Hitchcock style would have resulted in a much better film.

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