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Mourning Becomes Electra ()


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Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Oresteia set in New England, after the American Civil War.

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Lavinia Mannon
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Orin Mannon
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Brig. Gen. Ezra Mannon
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Christine Mannon
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Adam Brant
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Peter Niles
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Hazel Niles
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Seth Beckwith
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Adam Brant's Landlady
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Dr. Blake
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Amos Ames
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Mrs. Hills
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Josiah Borden
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Abner Small
Lee Baker ...
Reverend Hills
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Joe Silva
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Mrs. Emma Borden
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Louisa Amos
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Minnie Ames
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Ira Mackel
Jean Clarenden ...
Eben Nobel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Charlot ...
Dr. André Hamel - Christine's Father (uncredited)
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Chemist (uncredited)
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Woman at Home (uncredited)
Hans Hopf ...
One-Legged Soldier (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Stationmaster (uncredited)
Gordon Warren ...
One-Legged Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dudley Nichols

Written by

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Eugene O'Neill ... (play)
 
Dudley Nichols ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Edward Donahue ... associate producer
Dudley Nichols ... producer

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Richard Hageman

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George Barnes ... director of photography

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Roland Gross
Chandler House

Production Design by

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William Flannery

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Albert S. D'Agostino

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Darrell Silvera
Maurice Yates

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Travis Banton
Gile Steele

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Harry Mancke ... assistant director

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Clem Portman ... sound
Earl A. Wolcott ... sound

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Russell A. Cully ... special effects
Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
Lucien Cailliet ... orchestrator

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Jack Gage ... dialogue director
Martin Lewis ... mannon portraits

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Plot Summary

Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Oresteia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamemnon, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving daughter (Lavinia). But Lavinia's ex-suitor, Adam Brant, has become Christine's lover, and together Adam and Christine plot to poison Ezra. When they succeed, Lavinia turns to her brother Orin to help bring the lovers to justice, but when they succeed, Orin goes mad and his suicide note may come between Lavinia and her new suitor, Peter Niles. Written by Kathy Li

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Taglines Mother and Daughter Loving the Same Man! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra (United States)
  • Le deuil sied à Électre (France)
  • Trauer muss Elektra tragen (Germany)
  • A Electra le sienta bien el luto (Spain)
  • El luto le sienta a Electra (Argentina)
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  • 173 min
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Trivia Rosalind Russell received an Academy Award nomination for her role in this film. Apparently, she was so sure she was going to win that, when the winner was about to be announced, she had risen from her seat to accept it... only to discover that the winner was Loretta Young for her performance in The Farmer's Daughter (1947). See more »
Goofs While Orin is standing by a bench where Lavinia is seated, he holds his hat by his side and drops it. It just lies there on the dirt path as he sits down, and he doesn't pick it up. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in A Southern Yankee (1948). See more »
Soundtracks Oh Shenandoah See more »
Quotes Orin Mannon: You folks at home take death so solemnly. You have to learn to mock or go crazy.
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