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Kind Lady (1951)

Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter ... See full summary »

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Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter named Elcott, who uses his painting skill to enter into her life. Little does she expect that his only interest in Mary is to covet everything she has. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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20 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Bondade Fatal  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Moyna MacGill (Mrs. Harkley) is Angela Lansbury's mother in real life. See more »

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When Edwards drops load of firewood behind her, Mrs. Edwards acts startled even before bundle noisily hits floor. See more »

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Version of The Ford Theatre Hour: Kind Lady (1949) See more »

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Unusual and suspense-filled psychological thriller.

This is a most unusual film and although not as riveting as it could have been with tighter direction and more at stake in the plot - it does hold one's interest until the end. Barrymore is fine as an art collector whose home is invaded by an unscrupulous poseur. He takes over her life and home, posing as a nephew and giving out that she has become mentally ill. All the while he is selling her possessions and finally the house to build a fortune for himself. Evans is charming but lacks the necessary air of the sinister to make this situation truly chilling. Lansbury, Lloyd and Blair are fine in support. The cinematography, art direction and score are all top rate, but for some reason the Academy only nominated the Costumes which were minimal and unexceptional - go figure. Very worth a look - the ending may be too pat. This needs a remake and a rewrite - it should have all the suspense of CAPE FEAR but does not.


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