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Kind Lady (1951)

Mary Herries (Ethel Barrymore) 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Jerry Davis (screenplay), Edward Chodorov (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 (Ethel Barrymore) 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 Harry Springer Elcott (Maurice Evans), who uses his painting skill to enter into her life. Little does she expect that his only interest in her is to covet everything she has. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Broadway's Dramatic Thunderbolt!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Moyna MacGill (Mrs. Harkley) was Dame Angela Lansbury's mother in real-life. See more »

Connections

Remake of Kind Lady (1935) See more »

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Most Chilling Film I've Ever Seen
5 March 1999 | by zesty-4See all my reviews

I saw this black-and-white chiller on tv when I was a boy, some 35 years ago. Yet I recall scenes from it as though I saw it only last week. Imagine a group of seemingly well-bred people, patrons of the arts, befriending you--but then locking you in your house as they move in, and then hearing them tell visitors that you are delusional and being cared for by them. The scene in which the elderly victim is continually taunted while being forced to pose for the painting of her portrait--a rendering that, when completed, is seen to have grotesquely distorted her likeness to resemble that of a haggard, insane woman--is particularly spine-chilling. Without exaggeration, this is a gripping drama whose suspense few (if indeed any) can match. I only hope that someday it appears on video, so that I can purchase it for my library.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1951 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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