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Kind Lady (1951)

Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter ... See full summary »

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John Sturges

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Jerry Davis (screenplay), Edward Chodorov (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethel Barrymore ... Mary Herries
Maurice Evans ... Henry Springer Elcott
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Edwards
Keenan Wynn ... Edwards
Betsy Blair ... Ada Elcott
John Williams ... Mr. Foster
Doris Lloyd ... Rose
John O'Malley John O'Malley ... Antique Dealer
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Monsieur Malaquaise
Moyna MacGill ... Mrs. Harkley
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Mr. Harkley
Sally Cooper Sally Cooper ... Lucy Weston
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Chauffeur
Sherlee Collier Sherlee Collier ... Aggie Edwards
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Dora
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Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter named Elcott, who uses his painting skill to enter into her life. Little does she expect that his only interest in Mary is to covet everything she has. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bondade Fatal See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Moyna MacGill (Mrs. Harkley) is Angela Lansbury's mother in real life. See more »

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Remake of Kind Lady (1935) See more »

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Suspenseful, but awfully unpleasant...
19 October 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Anyone who remembers Maurice Evans' kindly turn as Mia Farrow's friend in "Rosemary's Baby" may be shocked to find him so convincingly evil in this gripping melodrama. Ethel Barrymore plays a sharp, sensible woman who gets taken in by a con-man; he moves into her house and she quickly becomes his prisoner. The plot is infuriating (we in the audience feel like prisoners, too) and the inevitable turning-the-tables ploy seems to take forever to arrive. Still, Barrymore's plight is played to the urgent hilt, and Evans (along with his brutish cohorts, Keenan Wynn and Angela Lansbury) is downright despicable. The handling of this story, previously filmed in 1936 with Aline MacMahon, twists all the right screws with grueling accuracy, but calculated pictures like this may turn off many viewers before the final act. Ultimately, too many plot entanglements are left ignored and some crucial moments take place off-screen. Strictly as a masochistic thriller, however, the film is queasy and indeed suspenseful. **1/2 from ****


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