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The Woman in the House (1942)

Approved  |   |  Short  |  9 May 1942 (USA)
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This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her... See full summary »

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This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her house, goes off to serve in the Boer War, and dies of malaria. Catherine blames herself for his death and fears others will also blame her. She does not leave her house for forty years. Groceries are delivered to the house, but no one sees who retrieves them. When the Nazis bomb her house in September 1941, she is forced to cope with the outside world. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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9 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 31: The Woman in the House  »

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Freedom from Fear
7 May 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"John Nesbitt's Passing Parade" film short, episode #31, deals with fear; the technical term is anthropophobia, or "fear of people." In a small village on the coast of England, reclusive Ann Richards (as Catherine Starr) remains locked in a cottage she has not left in 40 years. Food is left at a back door and nothing is revealed about any human contact. We guess Ms. Richards had some personal wealth and did not have any plumbing or electoral problems. Her general health must be good. Plus, schoolteachers are very resourceful. We flashback to 1901 and discover a foolish quarrel with lover John Anderson, and his sudden death, led to Richards' problem. In September of 1941, World War II finally frees Richards from her fear...

**** The Woman in the House (5/9/42) Sammy Lee ~ Ann Richards, John Nesbitt, Mark Daniels, Peter Cushing


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