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Madeleine (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 August 1950 (Finland)
The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

Stanley Haynes (screenplay), Nicholas Phipps (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Todd ... Madeleine
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... Minnoch
Ivan Desny ... L'Anglier
Leslie Banks ... Mr. Smith
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Smith
Patricia Raine Patricia Raine ... Bessie
Susan Stranks Susan Stranks ... Janet
Elizabeth Sellars ... Christina
Eugene Deckers ... Thuau
André Morell ... Defending Counsel (as Andre Morell)
Barry Jones ... Proscuting Counsel
Edward Chapman ... Dr. Thompson
Jean Cadell Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Jenkins
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The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

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Taglines:

FROM THE KISS THAT BEGAN THE BACK DOOR LOVE AFFAIR...to the crime that made the front pages of the world...(USA print ad) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1950 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strange Case of Madeleine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Todd had portrayed the title character in theatrical productions of the play this film was based on, and had always wanted to play her in a film adaptation. Shortly after she married director David Lean, he agreed to make this film and cast her as the lead as a "wedding present" of sorts. See more »

Goofs

When the prosecutor first walks away from addressing the jury the first time, the shadow of a boom can clearly be seen following after him across the jury. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Speaker of Commentary: Madeleine Smith. You have heard the indictment. Were you guilty or not guilty?
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Referenced in Foul Play (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Sound the Battle Cry
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Written by William F. Sherwin
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A Jerseyman is not a British man
16 September 2008 | by Andrew_S_HattonSee all my reviews

"In 1857 a citizen of Great Britain (from the Channel Island of Jersey)" At least I do not think so.

Jersey like the other Channel Islands is an Independent State otherwise, for example it would have the same income tax regime as applies elsewhere in the places governed by the UK parliament which are currently England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, although in 1857 the whole of Ireland was under UK law.

The film is nonetheless of interest apart from the error in the comment that I record.

One wonders whether a better portrayal of a fascinating story would have been achieved with the lead played by a more natural actor, rather than the wife of the director. However, this rather stiff style is of it's age and so hardly surprising as it was not made in the times of Susan Sarandon or Meryl Streep.


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