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Bedlam (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 10 May 1946 (USA)
Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

William Hogarth (suggested by The William Hogarth painting Bedlam Plate #8 "The Rake's Progress"), Val Lewton (screenplay) (as Carlos Keith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Master George Sims
Anna Lee ... Nell Bowen
Billy House ... Lord Mortimer
Richard Fraser ... The Stonemason
Glen Vernon ... The Gilded Boy (as Glenn Vernon)
Ian Wolfe ... Sidney Long
Jason Robards Sr. ... Oliver Todd (as Jason Robards)
Leyland Hodgson ... That Devil Wilkes (as Leland Hodgson)
Joan Newton Joan Newton ... Dorothea the Dove
Elizabeth Russell ... Mistress Sims
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Storyline

Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. The inmates, however, have the last say. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Sensational Secrets of Infamous Mad-house EXPOSED! (1946 one-sheet poster)

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

In one of the street scenes, a flower seller is heard calling. "Lavender, sweet blooming lavender,/ Six bunches a penny today, /Lavender, sweet blooming lavender,/ Ladies buy it while you may." This is an actual old street cry from London. See more »

Goofs

In the early scene where Nell and Lord Mortimer drive by in a carriage, Nell is holding her cockatoo. Depending on the shot, the cockatoo's position and behavior change completely - in some it is sitting absolutely still, in others it is curled up preening itself. See more »

Quotes

Lord Mortimer: A capital fellow, this Sims, a capital fellow.
Nell Bowen: If you ask me, M'Lord, he's a stench in the nostrils, a sewer of ugliness, and a gutter brimming with slop.
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Connections

Referenced in Pawn Stars: Every Rose Has Its Pawn (2016) See more »

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30 July 2000 | by Jonno-BSee all my reviews

This film is yet another outstanding example of Karloff during his time at RKO. I find this film to be eerie and genuinely disturbing, when one sees inside the mental institution. Although Karloff gives a fine performance, my own particular favourite here has to be Anna Lee as Nell, who appeared later as the nosy neighbour in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" It is such a tragedy that so many similar films of the period have been lost due to decay of the archives. Luckily, this one has survived, and my advice is to see it if you get the chance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chamber of Horrors See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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