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Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 February 1958 (Denmark)
A married, middle-aged woman is shocked to discover that her husband, who she thought was content in their marriage, has become infatuated with a beautiful younger woman and is planning to leave his family for her.

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Hilda's baby (as Cordelia Mitchell)
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Amy and Jim Preston have been married for twenty years but, in her husband's eyes, she has become sloppy both about the house and herself. Jim has no problems with falling in love with Georgie Harlow, a fellow-office worker who is pretty and young...and willing. Jim finally asks Amy for a divorce so he can marry Georgie, and Amy pleads for him to stay but he walks out. He soon realizes that he can't go through with the desertion of Amy and their teen-age son, Brian, and returns home. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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We don't want to mislead you. It is true the plot of "Woman In A Dressing Gown" is of a sensational nature. But it's not for senstaion-seekers. We tell with honesty and taste the story of two women, one young, the other somewhat older, who share the love of one man. It's strong stuff and candid- yet done so well it already has won the International Critics' Best Picture Award and a special award for acting. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Hilda's baby was played by Cordelia Mitchell, Yvonne Mitchell's real life daughter who was born in 1956. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Harper: Men are all the same - when they want you, they can't do enough, but when they've got you it's like the never-never - they think they've paid after the first installment.
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Liberation March
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Music by Victor Bartlett
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Even as a pre-teen I was touched by the wife's desperation.
16 September 2000 | by (Scranton, PA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this film as a young girl. It was a bit over my head as far as the complexity of emotions but the situation was quite clear. The story of a middle aged couple: the husband, still attractive and a bit worldly, has become attracted to a young woman...the wife, a bit shop-worn and, having been a housewife and entirely devoted only to her family for nearly two decades, appears dull in the eyes of her husband. However, so moving was the performance of Ms. Mitchell as the wife, so clear the pain and desperation she displayed in attempting to keep her husband when it becomes clear she is losing him, that I remembered nearly every bit of the movie and retained it until years later when I could feel full empathy for her. I see this movie as a sad, sweet study of a universal type of woman: the house-bound, devoted and totally self-sacrificing wife who has, perhaps, given too much of herself to her family and kept too little for herself.


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