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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 ... 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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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

David Lean regarded this as his worst film. 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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Version of Letty Lynton (1932) See more »

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Lord Blantyre
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Traditional
Arranged by William Alwyn
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Excellent Movie
11 May 2012 | by nutritionistSee all my reviews

Inexplicably, there are some reviews of this film that are less than enthusiastic. However, if you are a real movie watcher, an appreciator of good old movies, you will find this an excellent, engrossing, well made film. A young, wealthy beautiful girl gets involved with a poor handsome caddish Frenchman. She has a very strict Victorian father who shapes her character in many ways. The attention to details in the film by the Director are excellent, especially the dancing scene that flashes to the villagers dancing- films are not made like this anymore. The Director, David Lean, was married to the lead actress in the film, Ann Todd, and you can tell that this film was made with great care. Some people say that Ann's performance was cold, yet I feel she was true to character, and that she portrayed her personality due to youth and upbringing very well. The costuming is also so stunning that it too adds to the film. As far as I am concerned this film is right up there, near to the level of the Heiress and other great films.


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