7.2/10
80
9 user

The View from Pompey's Head (1955)

Anson Page, a lawyer with Southern roots leaves New York, his wife and his kids for Georgia. His assignment is to investigate the case of Garvin Wales, a famous writer, now nearly blind and... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bikini Baby (1951)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An unsophisticated and impressionable young girl finds herself in trouble after winning a beauty pageant.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Dennis Price, John McCallum, Stanley Holloway
Drama | Romance | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Leslie Arliss
Stars: Edward Underdown, Cathy O'Donnell, Lois Maxwell
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Hospital drama set at the Yeoman's Hospital, in the English Midlands, during the early 1950s.

Director: Pat Jackson
Stars: Googie Withers, James Donald, Godfrey Tearle
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

En route to Normandy, an American and a British officer reminisce in flashback about their romances with the same woman.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets... See full summary »

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Richard Egan, Dorothy Malone, Cameron Mitchell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A World of Fashion version of "All About Eve" in which one woman is out to beat another in their chosen profession while a younger one is off stage waiting for her chance to replace both. ... See full summary »

Director: Compton Bennett
Stars: Jane Hylton, Ian Hunter, Terence Morgan
Fräulein (1958)
Romance | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Nazi's fiancee helps an escaped U.S. soldier, then meets him in postwar Berlin.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Dana Wynter, Mel Ferrer, Dolores Michaels
Adventure | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the eighteenth century, a Spanish expedition is looking for seven cities of gold in a territory now known as California. A very difficult task due the opposition of the aborigines, but ... See full summary »

Director: Robert D. Webb
Stars: Richard Egan, Anthony Quinn, Michael Rennie
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the 1920's Ireland, IRA members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan, as they fight oppressive British forces.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter
On the Double (1961)
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At the time of the Invasion of Normandy, an American soldier is asked to impersonate a British General in order to confuse the Nazi spies and assassins in London.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1944, the family lives of three San Francisco Marines are affected by their personal experiences on the front lines in the Pacific and vice-versa.

Director: Philip Dunne
Stars: Robert Wagner, Dana Wynter, Jeffrey Hunter
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Gang tries to take over small town to rob its banks.

Director: Ferde Grofé Jr.
Stars: Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Rick Jason
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Anson 'Sonny' Page
...
Dinah Blackford Higgins
...
Michael "Mickey" / "Mico" Higgins
...
Garvin Wales
...
Lucy Devereaux Wales
Dorothy Patrick ...
Meg Page
...
Kit Robbins Garrick (as Rosemarie Bowe)
...
Ian Garrick
Ruby Goodwin ...
Esther
Pamela Stufflebeam ...
Julia Higgins
...
Cecily Higgins
Howard Wendell ...
John Duncan
Dayton Lummis ...
Charles Barlowe
Edit

Storyline

Anson Page, a lawyer with Southern roots leaves New York, his wife and his kids for Georgia. His assignment is to investigate the case of Garvin Wales, a famous writer, now nearly blind and embittered, whose royalties have apparently never reached him. Back in his native South, Page finds himself immediately exposed to what he had fled : racial and class prejudices. But he also meets his former love, Dinah, now married to go-getter uncouth businessman Mickey Higgins. Will he find out whatever happened to 2,000 dollars in rights Wales did not cash? Will Dinah and Anson renew their love story? Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

NOT SINCE SCARLETT AND JEZEBEL HAS THE SOUTH PRODUCED SUCH A WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le train du dernier retour  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dana Wynter was said to have remarked, "I have a difficult time remembering this film, especially when fans tell me they have enjoyed it, because of the fact it had a different title in just about every country it played in." See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lushly-Beautiful; Nearly a Great Movie; Absorbing and Memorable
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

For fifty years, this film which I consider to be near-miss try at a classic drama of ideas has been one of my favorite films. Philip Dunne wanted the world to appreciate lovely and talented Dana Wynter, his leading lady as writer and director on the film; and he also wanted to solve the problem of how to develop its powerful story-line to its fullest. In my judgment, he came close on both counts; there are five parts in the film that really matter, and Wynter has one of them which she does very well. And the film is good, well-liked, well-remembered. But neither the lady nor the project achieved exactly what Dunne had wished. The novel by Southerner Hamilton Basso which was the springboard for the interesting and lushly-photographed screenplay I find to be well-thought out, filled with interesting vignette characters and strong in its praise and condemnation of the South, its peoples' racism at the time and its social mores and ways. The novel has a convoluted style, which involves flashbacks to various periods in the central character Anson Page's life in a Carolina town and in New York. The basic plot device is that he is sent back to his home town for a very important reason by the book publishing company for whom he works in New York City. He is restless, at odds with his Northern wife, and frankly unprepared for how deeply Pompey's Head will affect him. "Time is a treacherous thing," he notes. His assignment is to find out why his now-dead editor, a man who had helped him to write "Shinto Traditions in the American South"--about ancestor worship mostly--has been accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from another' house author', Garvin Wales. He cannot believe his friend and mentor Philip Schuyler would steal; but he has no other explanation for the money, sent off in checks under Schuyler's name to Anna Jones. But the wife of the famous author, a Deveraux from an old family, is demanding money. So he goes home, to a bitter mystery and a dangerous mid-life crisis. The worst danger he faces, other than gossip, running into old friends and classmates and the investigation he must conduct comes seeking him. It is Dinah Blackford, his old sweetheart, now married to Michael "Mico" Higgins, CEO of "Peppo" beverages and a man trying to buy his way into the exclusive society of the town whose poor channel-born son he once was--and in the eyes of the traditional upper class still is. Over time, Page, played by powerful Richard Egan, realizes why he left the South in the first place, over racism and over the power games played by its long-time residents against those newer to wealth, the land and its ways. He finally even finds Dinah shallow, without deep honesty or an interest in ideas; she cannot leave her abusive husband because she wants the wealth of her family's ancestral plantation which she had lost but which he bought for her again with the money from his beverage business. And at the last, he also discovers the truth about the mysterious Anna Jones. Wales is by now a blind, embittered man who had nothing to do with the suit; his wife, Lucy Deveraux Wales began it...and what he finds out causes her to give up the suit and pretend her wrath had always been a silly misunderstanding. Page notes that someday soon she will even believe her own lie...and that that sort of postmodernist-Neanderthal behavior is why he must go back to his life in New York. The direction and the script by scenarist Dunne are far-above- average; in dialogue, beautiful imagery and memorable scenes this is a high-quality motion picture effort. The cinematography by Joseph MacDonald is diamond-like; the art direction by Leland Fuller and Lyle R. Wheeler is unforgettable, filled with location footage. The set decorations by Paul S. Fox and Walter M. Scott are professionally fine as are the music by Elmer Bernstein and the costumes by Charles Le Maire. In the five leads, everyone does very well. Cameron Mitchell brings energy and craft to his portrayal of Mico Higgins; Egan makes a good leading man; and in the role of Lucy Deveraux Wales Marjorie Rambeau is award-caliber, as is Sidney Blackmer as Garvin Wales, in the scenes the script allows him. Dana Wynter is lovely, talented and does a fairly good Southern accent; she is every bit the lovely aristocrat stuck mentally in the 1850s the author painted her to be. What the viewer takes away from this powerful film of personalities and ideas is a strong sense of the Carolina landscape and the magnetic pull of the past upon the lives of those in the present. All those in the film's smaller roles from De Forest Kelley as a hotel clerk to the New York firm's heads are played with intelligence. This is nearly a great film, and one of the most hauntingly memorable, by my lights, of all time...


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?