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The Woman in the House (1942)

 -  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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Nice Story
31 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Woman in the House, The (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Entry in John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series takes a look at Catherine Starr (Ann Richards), a woman who got into an argument with her fiancé who then left and eventually died. The woman was so grief stricken that she became fearful of people so she stayed inside her home for the next forty-years until a Nazi bombing forced her out. The final couple minutes of the movie turns into a message film but that's to be expected considering it was a time of war. With that said this is another winning entry in the series that manages to tell an interesting story about an interesting woman. Richards does a very good job in her role and we also get to see a young Peter Cushing but fans of his shouldn't expect a new credit as his scenes here were edited in from an earlier movie. Lee does a good job in the directing department as he keeps the film moving at a good pace.


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