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Release Date:
8 October 1949 (USA) See more »
Cold husband. Broken wife. Gallant lover. A triangle set to explode...and reveal a strange and unusual crime. See more »
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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A Melodramatic Romance by Alfred Hitchcock See more (51 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
117 min | West Germany:111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | 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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Near the end of a long continuous shot, as Sam Flusky (Cotton) leads his guests into the dining room, a set of candlesticks wobble on the table...perhaps caused by one of the guests bumping the table or by an unseen stage hand moving equipment to complete the shot.See more »
Boom mic visible: Shadow of boom-mic visible (top-right) during the ("What is your name?") Susan (Crumpet) kitchen sequence.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...
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Melodramatic Romance by Alfred Hitchcock, 3 October 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1831, the new Governor (Cecil Parker) arrives in Sydney, Australia, with his noble but broken Irish cousin Charles Adare (Michael Wilding). On the next morning, Charles unsuccessfully goes to the local bank expecting to raise money to start a business and he meets the powerful landowner Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotton), an ex-convict that has raised a fortune in the colony. Sam proposes a business with lands with him and invites Charles to have dinner with him at his farm.

Charles learns that Sam is not accepted by the local society but he goes to the dinner party, where he meets Sam's wife Henrietta Flusky (Ingrid Bergman), an old acquaintance of his childhood in Ireland. Sooner Charles discovers that Henrietta is alcoholic and a totally unstable woman controlled by the housekeeper Milly (Margaret Leighton), and Sam was the groom of her family in Ireland. They had fallen in love with each other and Henrietta elopes with Sam. However, her brother hunts them and Sam kills him and is deported to Australia. Charles stays in Sam's farm to help Henrietta and sooner he falls in love with her. Meanwhile Sam is manipulated by Milly and his jealousy gets him into trouble and discloses dark secrets from his past with Henrietta.

"Under Capricorn" is a melodramatic romance by Alfred Hitchcock set in Australia in 1831, in the period of colonization of this great nation by convicts from the United Kingdom. The genre is unusual in the career of the master of suspense, but supported by magnificent cinematography and cast, highlighting Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton, Michael Wilding and Margaret Leighton in a small but very important role. This film is not among my favorite Hitchcock's film and could be shorter. However it is worthwhile watching it to see some aspects to the colonization of Australia. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sob o Signo de Capricórnio" ("Under the Capricorn Sign")

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