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A Place of One's Own (1945)

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


Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

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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 thirties 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 realised 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

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

Soundtracks

String Quartet No.2: Nocturne
(uncredited)
Music by Aleksandr Borodin
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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Unlike Most Mysteries
30 July 2007 | by KeetooSee all my reviews

I just loved this movie. It kept my interest in a most peculiar way, and it took me nearly to the end of the picture before I figured it out. None of the key scenes were ever emphasized with dramatic music swelling up, down, or out....anywhere. In fact, it did not have any music except for the piano playing in one scene. Most unusual. This movie came across almost as "play-like", without the typical "movie" accents. Very different, very good. The only drawback, if you can really call it that, was the distraction of James Mason made up to be a man much older than his original years when he made this. The make up artist utilized a lot of "spirit-gum" that was used around his face, and unfortunately, it is noticeable in many scenes. But don't let that deter you from seeing this wonderful film!


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