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Hell Is Sold Out (1951)

| Drama | 1952 (USA)
A book is sent to the publishers under the name of "Danges", a popular writer, long believed to be dead. The real Danges turns up and meets the new authoress using his name.

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Valerie Martin
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Dominic Danges
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Pierre Bonnet
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Mme. Louise Menstrier
Nicholas Hannen ...
François
Olaf Pooley ...
Cheri, male secretary
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Louis, the proprietor
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Arlette de Balzamann
Joan Young ...
Mrs. Gertrude de Montfort Cole
Althea Orr ...
Mrs. Eunice Weinhardt
Virginia Bedard ...
Mrs. Irma Reinhardt
Joan Hickson ...
John Penrose ...
Repatriation Officer
Geoffrey Toone ...
Swedish Consulate Clerk
Mara Lane ...
Cafe Singer
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A book is sent to the publishers under the name of "Danges", a popular writer, long believed to be dead. The real Danges turns up and meets the new authoress using his name. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The title refers to one of the novels that the heroine has written which she passes off as being written by her late husband. See more »

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Falls between the cracks
24 June 2015 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

In 1945, successful writer Dominic Danges (Herbert Lom) returns home after the war, just to find a book called 'Hell is Sold Out' on the shelves - but he did not write this novel. In his house, he meets Valerie Martyn (Mai Zetterling) who has moved in. Since he was believed dead, she wrote the novel 'for him' and posed as his wife. He calls her a cheat and wants her to leave immediately, but unfortunately, 'Hell is Sold Out' becomes Danges' most successful novel, so the publisher wants the unmarried couple to stay together and continue the masquerade. When Valerie falls in love with Dominic's best friend Pierre (Richard Attenborough), this becomes complicated...

There are two possibilities to turn such a story into a movie. Either you make it a comedy, putting the characters into hilarious situations. Or you create a drama, focusing on jealousy and intrigue. This movie, however, could apparently not decide which way to go for. Thus it became too slow for a comedy, but did not set up convincing dramatic conflicts either.


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