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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

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 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)

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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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Civilized Evil
4 July 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A kindly old dowager takes a penniless artist into her lavish household, only to find out he's got his own plans.

For a filmed stage play, the movie surprisingly never drags. That's a tribute to a tight screenplay and excellent staging. For example, catch how director Sturges in the first confrontation scene positions the four intruders in the foreground so they appear now to loom over the exasperated old lady (Barrymore), symbolizing their gradual reversal of authority. Then too, Sturges has basically only a single set to dramatize with, a real staging challenge.

However, the movie really belongs to the mild-looking Evans (Elcott) who manages an effortless study in civilized evil. His manipulations are so understated that his malignant nature sort of creeps up on you. It's one of the slyer incarnations in the history of bad guys. And get a load of the Edwards family, with the shrill Lansbury, the hulking Wynn, and the bratty Aggie. They're household help from heck, and we know Barrymore's in big trouble when this British version of The Beverly Hillbillies walk in the door.

Anyway, the tension stays on high as we feel trapped along with the kind lady. All in all, the movie's a minor gem of claustrophobic suspense.


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