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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 ... Perkins
Helen Goss ... Barmaid
Edie Martin ... Cook
Gus McNaughton ... PC 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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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

Both James Mason and Barbara Mullen were in their early 30s playing a couple in at least late middle-age. Mason in particular wanted to show his range, playing against type as an avuncular, older Yorkshireman (he was from Huddersfield). In his autobiography he admitted that his performance was a failed experiment, and indeed his accent slips sometimes and his make-up and hair-lace are very obvious in close-ups. He realized that in as far as his Gainsborough Pictures roles were concerned, he was better as, and expected to be, "only some heroic lady-killer, or better still: lady-basher". 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

Mr. Smedhurst: A woman always mistrusts what she doesn't understand.
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Connections

Referenced in The Others (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude No.14
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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Lovely mystery
7 July 2007 | by annalbin-1See all my reviews

It's a little quaint by today's standards, but the writing is witty and the cinematography is excellent. More than that, it's an opportunity to see a 36 year old James Mason acting in a role where he ages 25 years. This was the one Gainsborough film he actually wanted to make, although he had hit the top of the charts with other Gainsborough Gothics such as The Wicked Lady and The Man in Grey. I was rather astonished at his ability to transform his extraordinary brooding good looks into those of a kindly, elderly gentleman with a twinkle in his eye. His gait, voice, and body movements so fitted the role of the elderly man, I believe he could have fooled me without all the makeup.


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