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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:
Hitchcock's least interesting film. Not surprising that it was a massive flop. See more (48 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)
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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)
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
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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Additional Details

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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:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Many French critics consider Under Capricorn as one of Hitchcock's finest films.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:
[last lines of the movie]
Winter:We'll be sorry to lose you, sir.
Hon. Charles Adare:If I may say so, Winter, I'm sorry to go. Not a bad place. It is said that there is some future for it, there must be- it's a big country.
Winter:Then why are you leaving, sir?
Hon. Charles Adare:That's just it, Winter. It's not quite big enough. Bye, good luck.
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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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29 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock's least interesting film. Not surprising that it was a massive flop., 12 September 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Transatlantic Pictures (Hitchcock's own production company) must've rubbed their hands with glee when they decided to co-produce this film with Warner Bros. For not only did they have the world's leading female actress (Ingrid Bergman) in their film, they also had gifted stars Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding and Margaret Leighton lending support, and naturally the great Alfred Hitchcock at the helm. If ever a film was sure to be a critical and commercial hit, Under Capricorn was it. Such a shame, then, that Under Capricorn emerged as the worst film of Hitchcock's career. The critics roasted it, the public ignored it, and Transatlantic Pictures went bust.

Irish aristocratic lady Henrietta (Bergman) elopes to Australia with her cruel lover Sam Flusky (Cotten). She gradually develops the illness dipsomania, what with her lover controlling her every move with over-bearing authority and their maid Milly (Leighton) plying her with drink. A childhood friend of Henrietta's, Charles Adare (Wilding) turns up and, realising pretty quickly that all is not well, tries to help her regain a sense of stability.

The film is a laughably overwrought costume melodrama, totally ill-suited to Hitchcock's playful, suspenseful directing style. A year previously, the director had made the thriller Rope, using experimental ten minute takes, and in this film he still seems to be in the habit of allowing scenes to go on and on (maybe not ten minutes, but some bits last for six or seven minutes without a single cut). Frequently, the film feels tediously unspooled as a result. The actors seem to over-act much of the time, but it's hard to see how they could've avoided this as much of the screenplay requires them to handle some horribly overripe dialogue and reactions. Under Capricorn is undoubtedly the least interesting film that Hitchcock ever made. Those who try to persuade us that it is a misunderstood masterpiece are, I'm sorry to report, well and truly kidding themselves.

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