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The Halfway House (1944)

A group of travellers, all with something to hide in their past, take shelter from a storm in an old inn. The inn-keeper seems a little mysterious...

Directors:

Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti (uncredited)

Writers:

Denis Ogden (suggested by the play "The Peaceful Inn" by), Angus MacPhail (screenplay) (as Angus Macphail) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... Rhys
Glynis Johns ... Gwyneth, his daughter
Tom Walls ... Capt. Meadows
Françoise Rosay ... Alice Meadows (as Francoise Rosay)
Esmond Knight ... David Davies
Guy Middleton ... Fortescue
Alfred Drayton Alfred Drayton ... Oakley
Valerie White Valerie White ... Jill French
Richard Bird ... Sqn. Ldr. French
Sally Ann Howes ... Joanna, their daughter
Philippa Hiatt Philippa Hiatt ... Margaret
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Terence
C.V. France ... The Solicitor
Roland Pertwee ... Prison Governor
Eliot Makeham ... The Dresser
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Storyline

A group of travellers, each with a personal problem that they want to hide, arrive at a mysterious Welsh country inn. There is a certain strangeness in the air as they are greeted by the innkeeper and his daughter (Mervyn Johns and his real life daughter Glynis Johns). Why are all the newspapers a year old ? And why doesn't Gwyneth seem to cast a shadow ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A Psychological Thriller See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostly Inn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 10 September 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

Goofs

A bomb was dropped on the Welsh village of Cwmbach in 1941 as a result of the bombing of Swansea, south Wales. In the film we are given to understand that Cwmbach is in north Wales as it is referred to being near to Llandudno. See more »

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House of the Dead....it isn't just a video game!
25 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Halfway House" is one of the strangest films from the 1940s I can recall having seen. This is not a bad thing, as it abounds with originality and is well worth seeing.

The story is set during WWII and the film consists of many stories and characters who all share one thing in common...they all have gone to the same quaint Welsh inn to take their vacations. But most of these people are carrying burdens of one sort or another...such as broken marriages, sons killed in the war, ill health and much more. What none of them realize for some time is that this house is somehow back in time...and it's somehow a year earlier! Why and what all this means, you'll just have to see for yourself.

The film has exceptional writing and very nice acting. Stick with it, as it does start slowly and a few of the characters are at first rather annoying.


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