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Home Before Dark (1958)

Simmons is magnetic as Charlotte, her lovely, delicate face reflecting the inner turmoil of a woman battling for sanity after she walks out of a mental institution.



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Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Bronn
Arnold Bronn
Joan Carlisle
Jacob 'Jake' Diamond
Inez Winthrop
Hamilton Gregory
Frances Barrett
Cathy Bergner
Kathryn Card ...
Hazel Evans
Johnstone White ...
Malcolm Southey
Mrs. Hathaway


A wealthy but emotionally damaged woman is released from a sanitarium a year after suffering a mental breakdown. She returns to her home, shared with her husband, stepsister, stepmother, and maid. She attempts to start her life over again, but the home environment that caused her breakdown are still there. The lack of support from those closest to her threatens her fragile recovery. Written by Anonymous

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In the darkness she thought he was her husband! See more »




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Release Date:

14 January 1959 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Badz w domu przed zmrokiem  »

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Box Office


$1,390,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Since this was a film by Warner Brothers, much of the soundtrack was stock and is the same as used in their 1942 movie Now Voyager. See more »


Deck the Halls
Sung by a chorus at Christmas time
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Why isn't this movie shown on cable or on home video?
28 December 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie for which Jean Simmons won the prestigious New York Film Critics award for best actress. It used to be shown regularly on TV in the 1960s and '70s. Those of us who remember it know it deserves to be brought out of obscurity.

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