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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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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

Wilkie Collins' 'The Woman in White' published in 1860, is considered to be the first modern mystery employing a crime-detecting hero. 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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Version of Novela: La dama vestida de blanco (1967) See more »

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Nice attempt by Warner stock company to film Wilkie Collins' novel...
13 July 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

At least you have to give Warner Bros. credit for trying to film THE WOMAN IN WHITE, taken from the famous Wilkie Collins novel about an evil man (SYDNEY GREENSTREET) and his equally cunning wife (AGNES MOOREHEAD), along with more conventional romantic characters, ELEANOR PARKER (in a dual role), ALEXIS SMITH and GIG YOUNG.

They only partly succeed, due mainly to Greenstreet's histrionic finesse as Count Fosco, seething with villainous intentions and stealing every scene he's in. Eleanor Parker, even though she has a dual role, gives one of her weaker performances as the dull heroine Laura and is only slightly more interesting in the title role. Gig Young is handsome as her suitor but looks a bit uncomfortable in his costume role.

If you like Gothic romance, you'll find plenty to admire here, especially the low-key lighting, the costumes, the quietly menacing music and the overall atmosphere of this period piece. But the resolution differs from the novel and goes for an artificially contrived happy ending.

Trivia note: When the film was released, the poster art showed all the actors in modern costumes to disguise the fact that the story took place in Victorian times. Warner Bros. frequently misled their audiences in this manner, particularly with films like DEVOTION (the Bronte sisters) showing the actresses in modern dress.


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