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The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 March 1947 (USA)
An artist forms an attachment with a woman on holiday in the country. As the relationship develops, his behavior and information about his past cause her increasing concern.

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Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Thomas Job (screenplay), Martin Vale (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Geoffrey Carroll
Barbara Stanwyck ... Sally Morton Carroll
Alexis Smith ... Cecily Latham
Nigel Bruce ... Dr. Tuttle
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Latham
Patrick O'Moore ... Charles Pennington (as Pat O'Moore)
Ann Carter ... Beatrice Carroll
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Christine (as Anita Bolster)
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Horace Blagdon
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Storyline

Struggling artist Geoffrey Carroll meets Sally whilst on holiday in the country. A romance develops but he doesn't tell her he's already married. Suffering from mental illness, Geoffrey returns home where he paints an impression of his wife as the angel of death and then promptly poisons her. He marries Sally but after a while he finds a strange urge to paint her as the angel of death too and history seems about to repeat itself. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die zwei Mrs. Carrolls See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 26 November 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bloomington IN Wednesday 26 December 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in New York City Tuesday 6 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago Saturday 2 March 1957 on WGN (Channel 9), in Phoenix Thursday 7 March 1957 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Salt Lake City Wednesday 20 March 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Kansas City MO Friday 29 March 1957 on WDAF (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When Geoffrey enters the chemist's shop, he's been out in the rain. When he sits down at the table, his hat and coat are dry. When he stands up, his garments are dripping wet again. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey Carroll: Y'know, I have the strangest feeling that this is the beginning of a beautiful hatred.
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Referenced in Always Together (1947) See more »

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Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill
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Sung at the beginning
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Disappointing Thriller
2 February 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Two Mrs. Carrolls, The (1947)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A psychotic husband (Humphrey Bogart) murders his wife so that he can run off with his new squeeze (Barbara Stanwyck) but a few years later he sets his eyes on a new woman (Alexis Smith) so he has another woman to get rid of first. This is a pretty interesting film that was made in 1945, the same year that Bogart made CONFLICT, which was a fine where he killed his wife to try and get her sister who just happened to be played by Smith. Both films are very much alike so it's no shock that Warner decided to keep this movie on the shelf for two years. This here is certainly the lesser of the two films for a couple reasons. For starters, both Stanwyck and Bogart seem to be out of their comfort zone as I never really bought either one in their roles. Both have prove to be great actors but I couldn't help but be somewhat disappointed because neither come off overly well. Bogart does the better of the two as he at least manages to play the psychotic part well but he doesn't come off overly well as the brilliant painter. Not for a second did I buy him as this painter and I also didn't buy Stanwyck in her role. Perhaps this type of character was just too soft for her. Smith, on the other hand, nearly steals the film with her good performance and we get Nigel Bruce playing a drunken doctor and this role will certainly remind you of Watson. I think the biggest problem with the film is its screenplay, which is all over the place. The movie runs 99-minutes but we never really get to know any of the characters or the reasons that Bogart is so crazy. We never meet his first wife, we never really see his relationship build with Stanwyck and there's no good reason for him to want to kill her for this new woman. Everything just seems to happen but without reason. The ending is quite effective as the film turns pure horror and manages to get a few good sequences. The final bit coming down the stairs, which I won't ruin, is pure gold with the line said. I really wanted to like this movie a lot more than I actually did but in the end the screenplay just isn't good enough to make it a winner. CONFLICT, while flawed, was much better and pretty much dealt with the same story.


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