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They Were Sisters (1945)

The story of three sisters who marry men of widely different character as their individual and widely-different married lives unfold. One sister (Phyllis Calvert) is happily married but ... See full summary »

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Arthur Crabtree

Writers:

Dorothy Whipple (from the famous novel by), Katherine Strueby (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Lucy
James Mason ... Geoffrey
Hugh Sinclair ... Terry
Anne Crawford ... Vera
Peter Murray-Hill ... William
Dulcie Gray ... Charlotte
Barry Livesey Barry Livesey ... Brian
Pamela Mason ... Margaret (as Pamela Kellino)
Ann Stephens Ann Stephens ... Judith
Helen Stephens Helen Stephens ... Sarah
John Gilpin John Gilpin ... Stephen
Brian Nissen Brian Nissen ... John
David Horne ... Mr. Field
Brefni O'Rorke ... Coroner (as Brefni O'Rourke)
Roland Pertwee ... Sir Hamish Nair
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The story of three sisters who marry men of widely different character as their individual and widely-different married lives unfold. One sister (Phyllis Calvert) is happily married but childless; the second promiscuously plays through years of an unhappy and loveless marriage, and the third is tortured by the mental cruelties inflicted on her by a domineering husband (James Mason). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Ehen See more »

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Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason's real-life wife, Pamela, plays the role of his daughter "Margaret" in this film. They were married in 1941. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: 1919 See more »

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Dreaming
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Music by Archibald Joyce
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James Mason's cruelty makes you watch, but it's unpleasant
30 December 2012 | by hollywoodlegendSee all my reviews

Phyllis Calvert is lovely and sympathetic and, aside from the children and the dog, is the only one to really cheer for. Although most female viewers will be lured in by James Mason's disturbingly alluring cruelty, they will probably find it quite ugly by the end. Being set in the more modern day, with Mason in a suit and driving a car, instead of a period costume and a horse, makes this story all the more unpleasant. Worst of all is the casting of Mason's real-life wife Pamela as his eldest daughter (!) Unless this was a rare glimpse of him breaking character with the camera rolling, his physical affection with her in their many shared scenes surely indicated incest. Eww! Her performance doesn't give that impression, but then she wasn't much of an actress. Allegedly her character is mature, yet she calls him "Daddy" throughout. His poor on- screen wife and children suffer his endless verbal and emotional abuse. He even threatens the poor dog. The most entertaining scene for me (as an American) was when the young son is playing with a new gun, and Cruel Papa Mason says he MAY have to take that away from him. Unlike the villain you loved to hate in The Man in Grey and The Wicked Lady, here his villain is more like alcoholic pervert uncle-by-marriage who manages to ruin every family gathering. You'll applaud Phyllis Calvert's kind- hearted character but won't find any redeeming value in Mason's villain.


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