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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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Dan
George Thorpe ...
Mr. Tallent
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Robert Stanforth
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Father Cocoran
Cyril Smith ...
Joe
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Denis Goacher ...
Saul Trevethick (as Denis Gordon)
Grant Tyler ...
Larry Tallent
Norman Shelley ...
Smithers
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Constable
Ann Clery ...
Miss Foley
Arthur Hambling ...
Jacob
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David Price
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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8 March 1948 (UK)  »

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A Filha das Trevas  »

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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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An unexpected treat
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a little known movie but one undeserving of the obscurity into which it has fallen ,throwing,as it does , a sharp light on the narrow mindedness and pettiness of small ,enclosed and isolated communities .The opening sequence is especially gripping and commands attention from the word go.It takes place in a church in a small ,backwater Irish community where the local women break off from their gossip to eye with undisguised loathing a younger woman ,Emily Beaudine (Siobahn Mckenna).She has the reputation of being a siren ,a temptress able to turn the heads of the men of the village .In a scene between herself and the local priest it is hinted strongly that he too feels an attraction towards Emily .To add to the miasma of gloom and oppression ,she is a talented organist but one with a fondness for the tonally darker and more plangent aspects of the instrument's tonal pallete . She is isolated within her community and young girl's warned not to associate with her .When a fair visits the village she receives the unwanted attention of Dan ,a boxer employed by the fir ,and she wounds him in self defence .She is sent away to england where she ingratiates herself with the Talent family ,until the return of Dan and the suspicion of the eldest Talent sister Beth precipitates the final tragedy

Lance Comfort directs with fine use of light and shade and good use of some neat monochrome photography .The script leaves open the issue of Emily's true nature giving a pleasing ambiguity to proceedings and the fine ,intense performance of Siobahn Mckenna makes her relatively sparse engagement with the movies a matter to be regretted

This is no masterpiece but it is a subtle ,ambiguous picture that should be better known


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