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My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 November 1945 (USA)
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Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Muriel Roy Bolton (screenplay), Anthony Gilbert (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nina Foch ... Julia Ross
May Whitty ... Mrs. Hughes (as Dame May Whitty)
George Macready ... Ralph Hughes
Roland Varno ... Dennis Bruce
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Sparkes (as Anita Bolster)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Mackie
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Storyline

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, in different clothes, and with a new identity. She's told she is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Hughes, and has suffered a nervous breakdown. Is Julia really 'Julia', or, is it true that she's lost all memory of who she is? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Based on the Best Seller "The Woman in Red" by Anthony Gilbert See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Woman in Red See more »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was remade in 1987, as "Dead of Winter" staring Mary Steenbergen and Roddy Mcdowell. See more »

Goofs

When Sparkes calls Mrs. Hughes from the employment agency, she begins dialing the phone with the writing end of her pencil. In the next shot she's dialing with the eraser end. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Hughes: Well, she saved us a lot of trouble.
Mrs. Hughes: Now that it's happened, I'm frightened.
Ralph Hughes: We haven't a thing to fear. We'll be telling the truth when we say it's suicide.
Mrs. Hughes: Yes.
Ralph Hughes: Who's the weak one now?
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Featured in Identity Crisis: Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia (2019) See more »

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Unexpected pleasure
23 October 2008 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

Having watched this film strictly on the strength of reviewers' ratings I was most pleasantly surprised. Although clearly low-budget, it bears the signs of clever ingenuity. For example, when Julia wakes in the strange house and looks out the window I found myself thinking that her sense of isolation would be enhanced with an exterior shot focused on her face and then moving backwards to include the house and its isolated location. And lo and behold! the next scene was exactly that last shot of the house standing lonely on the cliff at the water's edge. There are other examples of how a clever director can elevate his film to the level of a very enjoyable thriller. Savvy viewers will surely spot them but should rest assured they will not be disappointed.

As to the performances, George Macready is his usual creepy self, barely maintaining his composure while suggesting a capacity for unadulterated violence. Nina Foch was surprisingly good as the no-nonsense working girl who's not about to submit without a fight. But Dame May Witty, oh boy, she even had me doubting my own eyes and believing she could get away with her evil schemes.

This a real diamond in the rough and not to be missed.


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