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While I Live (1947)

25 years later, a spinster still obsesses over the death of her composer sister and concludes she has returned, reincarnated, in an amnesiac woman who chances upon her house seeking help.

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John Harlow

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Robert Bell (play), John Harlow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Walls ... Nehemiah
Clifford Evans ... Peter
Carol Raye Carol Raye ... Sally
Patricia Burke ... Christine
Sonia Dresdel ... Julia
John Warwick John Warwick ... George
Edward Lexy ... Selby
Audrey Fildes Audrey Fildes ... Olwen
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Sgt. Pearne
Enid Hewitt Enid Hewitt ... Ruth (as Enid Hewit)
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Ambrose
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Alfie
John Martyn John Martyn ... Onlooker
Sally Rogers Sally Rogers ... Hannah
Brenda Cameron Brenda Cameron ... Mary
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In 1922, young composer and pianist Olwen Trevelyan, troubled and sleepless over her inability to finish the final notes of her composition, falls to her death from the cliffs of Cornwall. As years pass, Olwen's sister Julia obsessively keeps Olwen's memory alive in the family home. The young composer gains posthumous fame because of her tragic death and her haunting, unfinished composition, "The Dream of Olwen." Twenty-five years later, on the anniversary of Olwen's death, the family gathers to listen to a radio broadcast of "The Dream." Suddenly, a young woman bursts into the room, sits down at the piano, and begins playing along with the music. Claiming to have lost her memory, the young woman is cared for by the obsessed Julia, who comes to believe she is the reincarnation of her dead sister. Written by NewsHound

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1951 (Finland) See more »

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While I Love See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Nehemiah: Ah, Shakespeare. Now that man could turn a phrase better than our MP.
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The Dream of Olwen
Composed by Charles Williams
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fondly remembered film
28 February 2009 | by allanwparkesSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this film on TV as a boy in the late 50s/early 60s and have never forgotten it. Very powerful with wonderful music. The image of a sleep-walking woman on the cliffs sticks with me after 40 years.Would love to see it again, but for some reason it isn't regarded as Classic enough for release on DVD. Why doesn't someone release the theme tune as a single with clips from the film on the accompanying video? It worked for 'Love is all around me'... Have sometimes toyed with the idea of writing to Total Film and submitting candidates for the Top 100 British films which they never seem to mention, such as this and some of the best George Formby and Gracie Fields films. When I was a boy they were often on TV. Why aren't they now?


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