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The Long Dark Hall (1951)

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A devoted family man tries to help a beautiful alcoholic showgirl with her life, and becomes the the only suspect when someone else murders her.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Arthur Groome
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Mary Groome
Tania Heald ...
Sheila Groome
Henrietta Barry ...
Rosemary Groome
Dora Sevening ...
Mary's mother
Ronald Simpson ...
Mary's father
Raymond Huntley ...
Chief Insp. Sullivan
William Squire ...
Sgt. Cochran (as William Squires)
Ballard Berkeley ...
Police Supt. Maxey
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The Man
Denis O'Dea ...
Sir Charles Morton
Anthony Bushell ...
Clive Bedford
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Judge (as Henry Longhurst)
Patricia Cutts ...
Rose Mallory (as Patricia Wayne)
Meriel Forbes ...
Marjorie Danns
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Arthur Groome works in London and has a devoted family in Richmond. Shortly after he starts seeing a showgirl she is found murdered and the circumstantial evidence points to the innocent if naive Groome. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Two great Broadway stars at their greatest!

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12 March 1952 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Amante e infiel  »

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1.37 : 1
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First film of William Squire. See more »

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The pen knife has the words NE Steel and Chief Insp. Sullivan says the pen knife was made at a factory called North England Steel Works but the painted sign of the factory has North England Iron Works. See more »

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All the worst aspects of the 1950s.
14 October 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie reeks of hypocrisy, sexism, authoritarianism, conservatism, prudishness and artificiality. And that's pretty much a summary of the whole dreary decade of the 1950s.

Hey, all you children of the post-feminist age who take your personal independence for granted, this movie will show you what the feminist revolution was all about. The blunt message to the gals of that era was to put your brain in neutral, accept any indignity and always wear a nice hat for your man. Even if it turns out that your man is a selfish pig who has been fooling around with other women for years while leaving you at home in the suburbs to bring up the kids and clean the house. Even if you are in a marriage where there's no communication, no trust and no sharing. Even if your marriage includes that ultimate 1950s horror – single beds in the bedroom! How on earth could people have thought this doll's house existence was a worthwhile way of life?

As well as its warped social values, the script for this movie is just plain lazy in every department. There's no effort to establish credible characters or motives. Everyone is a stereotype. Even murder is committed in a strangely passionless and pointless way. The moralistic ending is a complete sham. After watching this you will most likely feel angry that your time has been wasted – but then spare a thought for a whole generation who wasted their lives believing in this kind of tripe.


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