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Madeleine (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 February 1950 (UK)
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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Norman Wooland ...
William Minnoch
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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 ...
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Lord Advocate
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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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David Lean regarded this as his worst film. See more »

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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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Referenced in Foul Play (1978) See more »

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Arsenic and Ann Todd
13 June 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In 1850s Glasgow, beautifully-dressed Ann Todd (as Madeleine) and her family move into an immaculately-furnished, upper-classy new home. Still fetching in her 40s, Ms. Todd attracts her share of male admirers, most significantly handsome young Ivan Desny (as Emile L'Anglier). However, Todd's appearances-conscious father Leslie Banks (as James Smith) would rather his daughter marry suitable Norman Wooland (as William Minnoch). Eventually, a lover is poisoned and Todd stands accused. While Todd looks beautiful under duress, Andre Morell and Barry Jones passionately argue it out in court...

This is based on a true story; Todd's character is probably supposed to be much younger, but the age difference works well, adding another dimension to her unacceptable affair. Todd delivers a Garbo-like performance. Coincidently, Greta Garbo was concurrently preparing the un-produced "Lover and Friend" (1950) with noted Todd co-star James Mason; Garbo camera tests by James Wong Howe and William Daniels by resemble some shots of Todd in this film. "Madeleine" is lacking in narrative, but the direction by David Lean and photography by Guy Green make it worth viewing.

******* Madeleine (2/14/50) David Lean ~ Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks


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