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Dark Delusion (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 19 December 1947 (Mexico)
Dr. Leonard Gillespie, for several reasons and not all medically related, asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt, to go to a small town and replace a local doctor while he is on vacation. ... See full summary »

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Willis Goldbeck

Writers:

Jack Andrews (original screenplay), Harry Ruskin (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Leonard Gillespie
James Craig ... Dr. Tommy Coalt
Lucille Bremer ... Cynthia Grace
Jayne Meadows ... Mrs. Selkirk
Warner Anderson ... Teddy Selkirk
Henry Stephenson ... Dr. Evans Biddle
Alma Kruger ... Molly Byrd
Keye Luke ... Dr. Lee Wong How
Art Baker ... Dr. Sanford Burson
Lester Matthews ... Wyndham Grace
Marie Blake ... Sally
Ben Lessy ... Napoleon
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Rowland
Nell Craig ... Nurse 'Nosey' Parker
George Reed ... Conover
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Dr. Leonard Gillespie, for several reasons and not all medically related, asks a young surgeon, Dr. Tommy Coalt, to go to a small town and replace a local doctor while he is on vacation. There, Coalt is asked to sign commitment papers on a young lady, Cythia Grace, for reasons of insanity. Coalt thinks there is something amiss in Our Town and King's Row, and begins his own investigation. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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How Much Can a Guilty Girl Hide?

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cynthia's Secret See more »

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Budget:

$875,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of George Reed. NOTE: Reed, who appeared in 136 films, was a veteran African-American character actor born to former slaves just three years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. See more »

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Dr. Tommy Coalt: In every form of insanity there has to be some form of definite pattern.
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Follows Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942) See more »

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Above average B-film is interesting...has a polished look...
5 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

It's a pleasure re-discovering how well made these minor B films were at MGM. This is another entry in the Dr. Gillespie series at MGM, the ones without Lew Ayres as Dr. Kildare.

Instead, JAMES CRAIG is a young doctor treating a very troubled young woman (LUCILLE BREMER) whose guardians want her committed to an asylum for observation. Craig immediately thinks otherwise, although why he's so sure of her sanity is hard to determine. That's one of the weaknesses of the story and he's rather stubborn in his conviction.

LUCILLE BREMER plays the distraught patient as though she's seen too many Bette Davis movies. She paces about and stares into the camera lens with wide-eyed terror, all in what appears to be a pale imitation of Miss Davis. She even resembles the younger Davis physically in extreme close-ups.

At Blair Hospital, Keye Luke and Lioneal Barrymore are on hand for some comic relief, as is Marie Blake as the switchboard operator and Alma Krueger as a stern and knowing nurse. Reliable character actor Henry Stephenson is the girl's guardian.

JAMES CRAIG is stolid and solemn as the stubborn doctor and LIONEL BARRYMORE is his usual blustery self as Dr. Gillespie, but the story's resolution is just too patly contrived for believability, including the narcosynthesis explanation. JAYNE MEADOWS makes a nice impression in one of her more wholesome roles.

As a simplistic B-film, it's of more than average interest.


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