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Under Capricorn (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 October 1949 (USA)
A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

John Colton (play), Margaret Linden (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bergman ... Lady Henrietta Flusky
Joseph Cotten ... Sam Flusky
Michael Wilding ... Hon. Charles Adare
Margaret Leighton ... Milly
Cecil Parker ... The Governor
Denis O'Dea ... Mr. Corrigan
Jack Watling ... Winter
Harcourt Williams ... The Coachman
John Ruddock John Ruddock ... Mr. Potter
Bill Shine ... Mr. Banks
Victor Lucas ... The Rev. Smiley
Ronald Adam ... Mr. Riggs
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Major Wilkins (as Francis de Wolff)
G.H. Mulcaster G.H. Mulcaster ... Dr. Macallister
Olive Sloane ... Sal
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Storyline

In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin, who has just been appointed Governor. When he arrives, he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten), who wants to do a business deal with him. While attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman), whom he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic, and seems to be on the verge of madness. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mystery, murder and passion from the master of suspense! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to the book "Its Only a Movie", Sir Alfred Hitchcock originally wanted Arthur Laurents to do the screenplay. To Hitchcock's chagrin, after reading Helen Simpson's novel "Under Capricorn", Arthur Laurents told Hitchcock that he was the wrong writer for the project. So Sir Alfred Hitchcock hired James Bridie to do the screenplay instead. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 02 mins) By way of mentioning an invitation to a ball, Charles tells Hattie and Sam, "Oh by the way, I have a bit of news for you," but his mouth is closed for much of the sentence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: In seventeen-hundred and seventy, Captain Cook discovered Australia. Sixty years later, the city of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, had grown on the edge of three million square miles of unknown land. The colony exported raw materials. It imported material even more raw - prisoners, many of them unjustly convicted, who were to be shaped into the pioneers of a great dominion. In eighteen-hundred and thirty-one King William the Fourth sent a new governor to rule the colony. ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits roll up over a map of Australia. See more »

Connections

Referenced in El hombre que viajaba despacito (1957) See more »

User Reviews

 
To be proper.. a bit of a let down, I'd say.
27 March 2004 | by ShrinkSteveSee all my reviews

As a lover of Hitchcock I couldn't take 2 viewings of this one. The story has potential but the characters are horribly developed. The acting is fine, since the cast was superb. However, I wouldn't have wanted to be an actor in this one. Without spoiling, there is just too much anger without explanation. Too many characters lack character. The utter blindness of the leads to the glaring and painful flaws in the antagonists is almost comical. Finally, the sudden restoration of everyone's honesty and peace in the last scene is intolerable. A story is believable if the characters act like real humans would act. This film is an attempt to fool the viewer into thinking that a leopard can change it's spots in the blink of an eye! It is interesting to note that, even in a melodramatic story driven piece, Hitch still found a place for the falsely accused in the plot. Hitchcock was great, there will never be an equal, but, even he made a dud.. makes me feel better about myself!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Transatlantic Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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