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A Place of One's Own (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 28 May 1945 (UK)
An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Osbert Sitwell (novel), Osbert Sitwell (with the collaboration of the author) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Annette
James Mason ... Smedhurst
Barbara Mullen ... Mrs. Smedhurst
Dennis Price ... Dr. Selbie
Helen Haye ... Mrs. Manning Tutthorn
Michael Shepley ... Maj. Manning Tutthorn
Dulcie Gray ... Sarah
Moore Marriott ... George
O.B. Clarence O.B. Clarence ... Perkins
Helen Goss ... Barmaid
Edie Martin ... Cook
Gus McNaughton ... P.C. Hargreaves
Muriel George ... Nurse
John Turnbull ... Sir Roland Jervis
Ernest Thesiger ... Dr. Marsham
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Storyline

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the spirit of another girl, a wealthy woman who had once lived in the house but who had been murdered there. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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James Mason brings his genius to the strangest love story that ever haunted two hearts


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

...holt Doktor Marsham! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film in which Margaret Lockwood highlighted a mole high on her left cheekbone. Although noticeable in some earlier publicity shots, she henceforward marked it in black, and it became a trademark of sorts. See more »

Goofs

When supposedly toasting with port at the Smedhursts, although it is passed to the left as custom dictates, the liquid in the glasses is suspiciously clear, as opposed to the ruby/dark colour it should be. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Smedhurst: Well, houses are more than just bricks and mortar. Like an empty scent bottle that's been empty for years. Well, you can still smell the perfume; at least you fancy you can.
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Connections

Version of Mystery and Imagination: A Place of One's Own (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude No.14
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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Slow burn but enjoyable.
24 October 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

I should caution anyone that may be slightly impatient that you'll have to stick with this one for awhile before the story kicks into gear. Over the course of the first forty minutes or so it's a story focused on two elderly people and their young helper who meets a boy she falls in love with. This is all enjoyable enough, if a bit dull, depending on one's tolerance for such stories in older films. There's a sprinkling of mysterious goings-on building to what's to come later, but just a sprinkling. This isn't to discourage anyone from trying the movie. I just want to prepare you to view this when you aren't watching a clock. The pace does pick up midway through and here's where the mystery elements of the film really come into play.

All of the actors are good, particularly Margaret Lockwood. As others have pointed out, James Mason and Barbara Mullen are playing characters twice their age for some inexplicable reason. But they do well, with the usual "old people are kind and sweet and amusingly cantankerous" trope that permeated movies of the time. Ernest Thesiger has what amounts to a brief cameo (where he's dubbed, oddly). The role is important to the plot but given how little of his face you see, the part really could have been played by anybody. One more note: this is in no way a scary film. Some of the characters in the story may become frightened or bewildered but to the audience this is more of a mystery film with some supernatural overtones. This is worth pointing out for those expecting something akin to The Innocents or The Haunting. Still, it's a good but not great mystery film with some nice heart-warming humor and sentimentalism. Added points if you like British films of the period where everyone speaks and acts quite properly, except for the servants who add touches of color and comedy relief.


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