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The Woman in the Hall (1947)

| Drama | 1948 (Austria)
A poor widow with two daughters augments her income by using her children to extort money. Visiting the houses of the rich people, they tell a sad story and beg for help. Then she meets a wealthy man who proposes marriage to her.

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Jack Lee

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G.B. Stern (novel), Ian Dalrymple (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ursula Jeans ... Lorna Blake
Jean Simmons ... Jay Blake
Cecil Parker ... Sir Halmar Barnard
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... Susan
Jill Freud Jill Freud ... Molly Blake (as Jill Raymond)
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Neil Inglefield
Nigel Buchanan Nigel Buchanan ... Toby
Ruth Dunning ... Shirley Dennison
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Alfred
Terry Randall Terry Randall ... Ann
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Baroness von Soll
Barbara Shaw Barbara Shaw ... Mrs. Maddox
Totti Truman Taylor ... Miss Gardiner
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Judge
Hugh Pryse Hugh Pryse ... Counsel for the Defense
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A poor widow with two daughters augments her income by using her children to extort money. Visiting the houses of the rich people, they tell a sad story and beg for help. Then she meets a wealthy man who proposes marriage to her.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schwindlerin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's New York City television premiere occurred Tuesday 15 August 1950 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

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A Forgotten Gem
21 September 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The title led me to anticipate a candlelit Victorian drama, but it's actually very contemporary. That wartime and postwar austerity Britain were both rife with low-level criminality was regularly reflected in the feature films of the era, as when Will Hay found himself in the dock for writing begging letters in 'My Learned Friend' (1943).

This adroit melodrama adapted by Gladys Bronwyn Stern from her pre-war novel anticipates Basil Dearden's equally neglected 'Only When I Larf' (1968), which set its trio of confidence tricksters against a backdrop of swinging 60's affluence. One watches with appalled admiration the perennially quick-thinking amorality of Ursula Jeans in the title role as a seasoned confidence trickster who rather resembles Mary Astor (with her perpetual look of feigned wide-eyed innocence in 'The Maltese Falcon'), although she stops short of murder. Her career of lies and deception spans ten years and an hour and a half which has lovingly prepared you for a knockout closing line and close up.

As the more innocent of her two daughters a button-eyed ten year-old Susan Hampshire in her film debut ages satisfyingly into a radiant Jean Simmons. The rest of the cast are up to the usual high standard one expects of British films of this period, enhanced by skillful production design by Peter Proud.

Recommended.


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