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Daughter of Darkness (1948)

Emily, a pretty young Irish girl, gets a job on an English farm owned by the Tallent family. The local men take to her but the women don't, objecting to her flirtatious nature with their ... See full summary »

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Lance Comfort

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Max Catto (play), Max Catto (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Crawford ... Bess Stanforth
Maxwell Reed ... Dan
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Mr. Tallent
Barry Morse ... Robert Stanforth
Liam Redmond ... Father Cocoran
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Joe
Honor Blackman ... Julie Tallent
Denis Goacher Denis Goacher ... Saul Trevethick (as Denis Gordon)
Grant Tyler Grant Tyler ... Larry Tallent
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Smithers
George Merritt ... Constable
Ann Clery Ann Clery ... Miss Foley
Arthur Hambling Arthur Hambling ... Jacob
David Greene ... David Price
Leslie Armstrong Leslie Armstrong
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Emily, a pretty young Irish girl, gets a job on an English farm owned by the Tallent family. The local men take to her but the women don't, objecting to her flirtatious nature with their men and one woman, Bess Stanforth, is especially disturbed by her. When Dan, a man from Emily's past, shows up and accuses her of having tried to kill him Beth's suspicions are further aroused, and they're confirmed when Dan is found murdered in a local barn. Beth sets out to find out exactly who Emily is and to prove that she murdered Dan. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Filha das Trevas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Julie Tallent: [discovering Saul and Emily in the stable] Saul! Why you...
Saul Trevethick: Julie! Shut up!
Julie Tallent: Shut up? I'll scratch your beastly face, you skirt-chasing, little cad! Let me alone
[she slaps him]
Saul Trevethick: Julie! Please!
Julie Tallent: Don't touch me.
Bess Stanforth: What is all this?
Julie Tallent: This smirking ape can't be left alone with a maid for half minute but goes like a bull at her.
[to Saul]
Julie Tallent: You cheap little rotter. I ought to put my nails down your face.
[...]
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Anne Crawford and Maxwell Reed appear courtesy of the J.Arthur Rank Organisation. See more »

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A decent little film
8 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Daughter of Darkness" begins with some very cool opening credits. The font and backgrounds are quite striking and work well with the rest of the film. As for the rest of the movie, it's an odd little story about a strange woman who rubs other women the wrong way. While I thought this aspect of the story was overdone, the overall film is worth your time.

The story begins with a bunch of sexless old biddies approaching the local priest. They think that his housekeeper, Emily, is evil. Why exactly they think that is a bit vague--but apparently they hate her because men are inexplicably attracted to her (she's not THAT pretty by the way). Regardless, the priest is a wimpy guy who just wants things to be quiet, so he sends her to work for some far off folks. However, once in the new locale, once again the local women inexplicably grow to hate her. The problem is, you learn later that they have darned good reason--though they have no idea how bad she really is!

This is a good film but I think some of it was overdone. The way women almost automatically hate Emily seems ridiculous and making all this more subtle would have worked much better. Still, it is an enjoyable little film and worth seeing despite a few limitations.


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