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The Forbidden Street (1949)

Britannia Mews (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 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.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Margery Sharp (novel), Ring Lardner Jr.
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Cast

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 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 child
Susanne Gibbs Susanne Gibbs ... Alice, as child
Heather Latham Heather Latham ... Blazer, as child
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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.

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

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forbidden Street See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: You can tell by his face that he's a great artist and you must admit he's very distinguished-looking, isn't he Papa?
Mr. Culver: How the deuce should I know - I read the fella's references - don't think I ever looked at his face.
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Wouldn't you throw everything away for Dana Andrews?
21 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I was a bit predisposed to like this movie, since I have a big crush on Dana Andrews. If you actively dislike him, you should stick to Jamaica Inn or Sentimental Journey instead. In The Forbidden Street, he plays a wildly attractive artist who comes from the wrong side of the tracks but captures proper Maureen O'Hara's heart anyway. See why I liked it?

Maureen's family disapproves of Dana, and not just because he's poor. He literally lives in the slums, which are visible from Maureen's window. She knows how terrible "the forbidden street" is, but since it's Dana Andrews, she throws everything away and moves to the slums after they're married. As she soon finds out, having a handsome hubby doesn't make everything perfect. Her neighbors hate her, she's estranged from her parents, Dana treats her badly, and they're running out of money. What's a wife to do?

Well, you'll have to watch the movie to find out what happens-and it's extremely exciting! While I wish there were a bit more twists and turns to the plot, overall it's an entertaining movie. The ending will definitely make you think. I'm still talking about my interpretation days later!


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