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Britannia Mews (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 May 1949 (USA)
A rich woman in Victorian England marries a poor artist from the wrong side of the track, and finds herself the victim of a blackmailing plot.


Jean Negulesco


Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay), Margery Sharp (based on novel Britannia Mews by)


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Cast overview:
Dana Andrews ... Henry Lambert / Gilbert Lauderdale
Maureen O'Hara ... Adelaide 'Addie' Culver
Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
Fay Compton ... Mrs. Culver
A.E. Matthews ... Mr. Bly
Diane Hart ... The Blazer
Anne Butchart Anne Butchart ... Alice Hambro
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Culver
Anthony Tancred Anthony Tancred ... Treff Culver
Herbert C. Walton Herbert C. Walton ... The Old 'Un (as Herbert Walton)
Mary Martlew Mary Martlew ... Milly Lauderdale
June Allen June Allen ... Adelaide Culver - as a Child
Susanne Gibbs Susanne Gibbs ... Alice - as a Child
Heather Latham Heather Latham ... Blazer - as a Child


In Victorian London, Adalaide Culver (Maureen O'Hara, loves and marries an art teacher Gilbert Lauderdale (Dana Andrews) and lives in poverty with him until he dies in an accident. A street harridan known as The Sow (Sybil Thorndike) blackmails Adalaide, claiming she is a murderer. A young barrister, Henry Lambert (Dana Andrews) , who looks like her late husband, comes along with legal advice. It must have been good advice, as later they fall in love and devise a puppet show that is a big success, and that brings Adalaide to a reunion with her estranged family and marriage to the man who looks like her deceased husband. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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For herself alone...she must answer for what she was and did!


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affairs of Adelaide See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a biography of star Dana Andrews, he was very upset that after carefully cultivating the appropriate English accent for his role as the artist, his voice was then "looped" by an English actor (for the British prints only; in the prints for the U.S. and foreign markets outside the British Commonwealth Andrews's voice is his own) whose identity the studio refused to reveal, and who remains a mystery to this day. This was done in an effort to give to British audiences a more accurate accent for someone who would have lived in the mews. However, Andrews, critics, and audiences alike felt it was an inferior performance and obvious job of dubbing. See more »


Mrs. Culver: Most girls have their fits of silliness and the drawing master is usually the object.
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Amusingly over-plotted melodrama-lite
13 January 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Not-bad studio-set drama, also known as "The Forbidden Street", involves miscast Maureen O'Hara (her rolling Irish burr more pronounced than ever) as a wealthy young British woman in Victorian England who marries a penniless art-instructor and moves with him into the slums of London; after an accidental death, O'Hara is blackmailed by the local busybody, but finds redemption in congenial--though already married--Dana Andrews. Neither O'Hara nor Andrews gives a particularly strong performance, but the supporting players are good and the screenplay (by talented Ring Lardner Jr., from a book by Margery Sharp) nicely avoids soap opera and predictability by continually changing its tone and direction. O'Hara's character goes through just as many changes, turning from wide-eyed girl to fed-up housewife to salty broad to society bride! The set designs are impeccable, and the film is well-mounted and paced with a jovial step. *** from ****

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