The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

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Ann Todd ...
Norman Wooland ...
William Minnoch
Ivan Desny ...
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James Smith
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Smith
Susan Stranks ...
Janet Smith
Patricia Raine ...
Bessie Smith
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Christina Hackett
Edward Chapman ...
Dr. Thompson
Jean Cadell ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Eugene Deckers ...
Thuau (as Eugène Deckers)
Ivor Barnard ...
Mr. Murdoch
David Horne ...
Lord Justice-Clerk
Henry Edwards ...
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The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

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FROM THE KISS THAT BEGAN THE BACK DOOR LOVE AFFAIR...to the crime that made the front pages of the world...(USA print ad) See more »

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14 February 1950 (UK)  »

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The Strange Case of Madeleine  »

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When the prosecutor first walks away from addressing the jury the first time, the shadow of a boom can clearly be seen following after him across the jury. See more »

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Version of Dishonored Lady (1947) See more »

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A scandal in Scotland...
27 March 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A boarding-house Lothario in 1857 Glasgow dies from arsenic poisoning; a stack of incriminating letters point the finger at the man's secret lover, an unmarried high society woman who has recently announced her engagement to a man of her class. True story which held Victorian Scotland spellbound is given handsome, but not elaborate treatment from director David Lean. Lean's then-wife Ann Todd reportedly played Madeleine Smith on the stage (not credited here) and her assets--steely eyes, a knitted-brow and taut mouth--are in perfect accompaniment with this inscrutable character, who may or may not be what she seems. Lean captures the allure of a clandestine romance, with the screen fading to black as the lustiness becomes palpable, and his third act in the courtroom is quite lively. Still, this seems to be a lot of striding up and down for a fairly certain verdict, and the conclusion is curiously flat. Columbo could've solved this case in an hour. ** from ****


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