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Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 October 1950 (USA)
A drunken, abusive tavern-keeper's adulterous wife uses the backward son of a rigid, puritanical pharmacist who makes his entire family miserable.


Robert Hamer


Roland Pertwee (play), Diana Morgan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... Mr. Edward Sutton
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Ellen Sutton
Gordon Jackson ... David Sutton
Jean Ireland Jean Ireland ... Victoria Sutton
Sally Ann Howes ... Peggy Sutton
Colin Simpson Colin Simpson ... James Sutton
David Wallbridge David Wallbridge ... Nicholas Sutton
Googie Withers ... Pearl Bond
John Carol John Carol ... Dan Powell
Catherine Lacey ... Miss Porter
Garry Marsh ... Joe Bond
Pauline Letts Pauline Letts ... Louise
Maudie Edwards Maudie Edwards ... Mrs. Webster
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Dr. Pepper
John Owers John Owers ... Frank


In Victorian Brighton a scheming pub landlady befriends an innocent chemist's assistant in order to get hold of poison to do away with her boozy husband. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The story of A BAD WOMAN...Who loved shamelessly...Who murdered ruthlessly...


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Release Date:

2 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Achtung Gift! See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is set in the English seaside town of Brighton in the 1880s. See more »


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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Googie Sizzles in her 1870s bustle and black choker
6 May 2015 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

London Live TV station are currently running a season of Ealing Films and the subject was one produced in 1945, a year from which several notable films were produced.I am a fan of beautiful raven haired film star actresses of the 1940s and in her Victorian tight fitting dress and bustle with black velvet choker. Googie certainly sizzled.Although not a conventional beauty like Jennifer Jones, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Ava Gardner etc, she certainly sizzled as the alluring wife of the drunk pub owner (Garry Marsh).Gordon Jackson had to suppress his natural Scottish accent for a film set in Brighton playing a rather naive role, a bit like he did in "Millions Like Us" (1943).I endorse the sentiments of user comments above and see no point in explaining the plot again.

Mervyn Johns was to step up a few gears when he played Dr.Forrester the Butcher of Ravensbruck, a Nazi Scientist in "Counterblast"(1948).Here he just plays on overbearing, rather tyrannical Victorian father who reminds his wife that under the law at the time, her money and property devolves to him.This was to change by the Married Womens Property Act of 1884.For a connoisseur of 1940s films it was a pleasant surprise that London Live transmitted this film on TV and I awarded it 7/10.

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