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Home Before Dark (1958)

 -  Drama  -  14 January 1959 (France)
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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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Charlotte Bronn
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Arnold Bronn
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Joan Carlisle
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Jacob 'Jake' Diamond
Mabel Albertson ...
Inez Winthrop
Stephen Dunne ...
Hamilton Gregory
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Frances Barrett
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Cathy Bergner
Kathryn Card ...
Mattie
Marjorie Bennett ...
Hazel Evans
Johnstone White ...
Malcolm Southey
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Mrs. Hathaway
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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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based on novel

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A pretty girl and the stunning shock that marriage brings her! See more »

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14 January 1959 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Badz w domu przed zmrokiem  »

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$1,390,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The harsh winter in Marblehead, Massachusetts proved to be a problem when filming scenes outdoors. Equipment had to be de-iced quite often, and actress Rhonda Fleming took frequent breaks, complaining that her tongue was freezing. See more »

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Some Sunday Morning
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Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Played when Charlotte and Jake leave the New Year's party
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Simmons excels in over rated drama

From the responses on view it's clear that many were greatly affected by this movie and have much nostalgia for it. "Home Before Dark" is one of those movies that strangely disappear, hardly ever shown on television and not available in any other form. This state of rarity often bestows a movie a quality of being somehow special, which is not always the case.

I would guess that the reason that so many remember this movie is solely the performance of Jean Simmons. It's a very tricky role and Simmons really does extremely well in the part. She manages to walk the tightrope between mental unbalance and lucidity in the most credible fashion.

The rest of the cast are competent but hardly memorable and the film is way too long. There is a lovely theme song, (whose lyrics as is often the case, have nothing to do with the plot), it's credited to McHugh and Cahn, though no credit is given at all to the lovely vocal by Mary Kaye


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