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The Woman in White (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 15 May 1948 (USA)
A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been hired to give art lessons to beautiful Laura Fairlie. Among them are Anne Catherick, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Stephen Morehouse Avery (screenplay), Wilkie Collins (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alexis Smith ... Marian Halcombe
Eleanor Parker ... Laura Fairlie / Ann Catherick
Sydney Greenstreet ... Count Alessandro Fosco
Gig Young ... Walter Hartright
Agnes Moorehead ... Countess Fosco
John Abbott ... Frederick Fairlie
John Emery ... Sir Percival Glyde
Curt Bois ... Louis
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Vesey
Matthew Boulton ... Dr. Nevin
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Todd
Clifford Brooke Clifford Brooke ... Jepson
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Dimmock
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Storyline

A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been hired to give art lessons to beautiful Laura Fairlie. Among them are Anne Catherick, a strange young woman dressed in white whom he meets in the forest and who bears a striking resemblance to Laura; cunning Count Fosco, who hopes to obtain an inheritance for nobleman Sir Percival Glyde, whom he plans to have Laura marry; Mr. Fairlie, a hypochondriac who can't stand to have anyone make the slightest noise; and eccentric Countess Fosco who has her own dark secret. The artist also finds himself drawn to Marion Halcomb, a distant relation to Laura whom the Count also has plans for. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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CAUGHT IN THE BLACK SPELL OF TERROR! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Branco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music played for the titles is the pavane "Earl of Salisbury," written by English renaissance composer William Byrd. See more »

Goofs

The first time Ann visits Laura in her sick bed (a composite shot, since Eleanor Parker is playing both roles), her shadow is visible on the headboard. Her shadow is not synced with her head movements while talking, then rises and moves away moments before Ann herself does. Apparently they attempted to 'imitate' Ann's shadow on Laura's half of the shot and didn't quite get the timing right. See more »

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Greenstreet in Top Form
31 October 1999 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

This is one of those exquisitely crafted, though flawed in spots, old movies that you can just lose yourself in. Great sets, costumes, dialogue and photography (excellent atmospheric use of shadows). Sydney Greenstreet, along with Lee J. Cobb probably the finest character actor in the history of film, gives a typically extraordinary performance. He marches through his scenes with that famous bored superiority, and revels in always being the most intelligent person in the room. He makes no secret of his disdain for the transparent notions and motivations of those around him, and delights in always having the last scathing word. Gig Young, as the leading man, is handsome and dashing enough for the role; but he has a funny, crooked way of talking that always makes you feel like he should be playing big city 1950's newspaper reporters. In other words, he's somewhat miscast, but not fatally so. Eleanor Parker plays the title character delicately and memorably - it's hard to understand how such a beautiful and talented actress isn't as well remembered as some others.

It loses steam about 2/3 of the way in and climaxes a little clumsily, but on balance this is an above average effort with much to recommend it.


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