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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:

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

Complete credited cast:
Alexis Smith ... Marian Halcombe
Eleanor Parker ... Laura Fairlie / Ann Catherick
Sydney Greenstreet ... Count Alesandro 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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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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She hid her black secret under a cloak of white! 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

In the scene of Ann Catherick's death, when she - the fair-haired Eleanor Parker - falls at the foot of the bed, an almost smiling, unmistakably dark-haired woman is clearly visible in the bed, where Laura Fairlie (Eleanor Parker, in a dual role) is supposedly bedridden. A moment later, Eleanor Parker has returned to her place in the bed. See more »

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More Eleanor Parker For Your Money....
26 April 2017 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Over the weekend, I saw two wonderful films, both of the English Gothic variety. The first was Guillermo del Toro's marvelous "Crimson Peak" (2015), which must surely go down as one of the most gorgeous-to-look-at horror films ever made, but one that is surely not for the squeamish. And the second film was also a decidedly Gothic affair, "The Woman In White" (1948), a product of the Warner Brothers studio. This is an Eleanor Parker film that I had never seen before, and costars Alexis Smith, Gig Young, the great Sydney Greenstreet, John Abbott (who most viewers, including me, will probably best remember as the bearded Organian Ayelborne in the classic "Star Trek" episode "Errand of Mercy") and Agnes Moorehead. Yes, it really is a terrific cast. Eleanor, who has rarely looked more beautiful, plays two roles in this one; twin cousins. The FX used when the two appear on screen at the same time are very convincingly brought off, I might add. Here, Gig plays an art instructor who goes to a lonely English estate, Limmeridge House, to tutor Laura (our Eleanor). But on the road there, he is approached by the ghostly woman in white of the title (Eleanor again), who would seem to be an escapee from a lunatic asylum. What later develops is a scheme by Greenstreet and some others to marry Laura off and strip her of her fortune, replete with poisoning, murder, hypnotism, blackmail, family secrets, secret passageways, etc. The film's plot is marvelously complicated, thanks to the Wilkie Collins novel of 1859 on which it was based, and the script is deliciously literate, delivered by that great cast of pros. The film was directed by somebody named Peter Godfrey, with whom I was not familiar, but who does a terrific job here. And the film's music was provided by Max "King Kong" Steiner, so say no more, right? Alexis Smith is given top billing in the film, although Eleanor does get top billing on the poster, as you'll notice. And for me, she easily steals the film, with her extraordinary beauty and double role. This is the first time that I had seen an Eleanor film from the '40s--previously, 1950's "Chained Lightning" and "Caged" were my earliest films of hers--and it was interesting to see how wonderful she could be at this younger stage in her career. She and Moorehead were excellent together in "Caged," and are terrific paired in this earlier picture, as well. This film comes more than highly recommended by yours truly....


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