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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 lesser-known and underrated Hitchcock masterpiece! See more (48 total) »

Cast

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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
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:
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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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Trivia:
It was during the filming that Bergman began her notorious affair with Roberto Rossellini.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The opening narration declares that "In 1770 Captain Cook discovered Australia". While James Cook led one of the first British expeditions to Australia, other European explorers had visited the country before him.See more »
Quotes:
The Governor:[referring to the crowd's reaction to his speech] Not a very warm welcome.
Hon. Charles Adare:The climate's making up for that.
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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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42 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
An lesser-known and underrated Hitchcock masterpiece!, 6 May 1999
Author: George-n-Kansas from Topeka, KS

It's a real shame (and also rather difficult to believe) that this film is so little-known and difficult to view. Even though it was directed by the famous Alfred Hitchcock (in my opinion, the most brilliant film director who ever lived), it has too often been dismissed as one of his "lesser works." To each his own, I suppose, but _Under Capricorn_ boasts some of the most beautiful photography and eloquent, literate dialogue to be found in any Hitchcock film. Although the plot and structure of the film are familiar (the quintessential love triangle, ala _Wuthering Heights_), Hitchcock's treatment raises it above the ordinary. The costumes and sets are actually quite lavish, and pay particular attention to the unique musical score! Hitchcock's experiments with the "ten-minute take" (with which he experimented in his previous film, _Rope_) also add to the film's interest. The film is not, of course, an artistic triumph for Hitchcock alone. Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten (to name only two) are stars of the caliber that one just doesn't see anymore, and they give worthy performances. Casting Ingrid Bergman as an Irish noblewoman is, of course, rather bizarre casting against type, but this great actress makes it work. Joseph Cotten possesses the rougher qualities that his part demands, but his performance also elicits sympathy from the viewer (such as the scene where he is going to present his wife with a collar of rubies but then decides to hide his gift when she and Charles Adair comment that it wouldn't go with her gown). The other actors, mostly little-known to American audiences, fill their roles well more than adequately and the very fact that they are unfamiliar makes them easier for the viewer to see as the characters they play rather than as "stars." All in all, _Under Capricorn_ is an underrated masterpiece that is surely one of the best "costume" pictures of the 1940s. It is not for anyone seeking vicarious thrills or shocks, but for discriminating viewers who demand a coherent storyline, color photography that is aesthetically pleasing, literate dialogue and interesting casting, _Under Capricorn_ will fill the bill. I recommend it enthusiastically!

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