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The Long Dark Hall (1951)

A devoted family man tries to help a beautiful alcoholic showgirl with her life, and becomes the the only suspect when someone else murders her.

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William Fairchild (additional scenes and dialogue) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), Nunnally Johnson | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Harrison ... Arthur Groome
Lilli Palmer ... Mary Groome
Tania Heald Tania Heald ... Sheila Groome
Henrietta Barry Henrietta Barry ... Rosemary Groome
Dora Sevening Dora Sevening ... Mary's mother
Ronald Simpson Ronald Simpson ... Mary's father
Raymond Huntley ... Chief Insp. Sullivan
William Squire ... Sgt. Cochran (as William Squires)
Ballard Berkeley ... Police Supt. Maxey
Anthony Dawson ... The Man
Denis O'Dea ... Sir Charles Morton
Anthony Bushell ... Clive Bedford
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Judge (as Henry Longhurst)
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Rose Mallory (as Patricia Wayne)
Meriel Forbes Meriel Forbes ... Marjorie Danns
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Storyline

Arthur Groome works in London and has a devoted family in Richmond. Shortly after he starts seeing a showgirl she is found murdered and the circumstantial evidence points to the innocent if naive Groome. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Two great Broadway stars at their greatest!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Amante e infiel See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Arthur Groome is spared execution by the abolition of capital punishment even though capital punishment was not permanently abolished in the United Kingdom until 1969, eighteen years after this movie was made. See more »

Goofs

The pen knife has the words NE Steel and Chief Insp. Sullivan says the pen knife was made at a factory called North England Steel Works but the painted sign of the factory has North England Iron Works. See more »

Quotes

The Man: Every week thousands of people see girls like Rose Mallory dancing on the stage. And amongst those thousands there's perhaps just one who a few hours later will strike. I suppose they regard themselves as some kind of instrument of justice.
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Not a bad movie but I wonder about the stars' motivations
8 April 2008 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a pretty interesting mystery. It's not really suspenseful but it's done with style.

However, I wonder what purpose it was meant to serve for the public relations of its star Rex Harrison. His friend Carole Landis, a charming star of generally minor films, had killed herself a few years before this came out. As a result, his therefore rising box office appeal had plummeted. Indeed, the brilliant "Unfaithfully Yours" had the bad fortune to come out right after Ms. Landis had died. No one wanted to see Rex Harrison killing a woman over and over -- even if it was in his imagination. "Unfaithfully Yours" was not a success, despite director Preston Sturges's career as Hollywood (apparent) golden boy. Sturges really did not survive this failure commercially.

So, here we have a decent man accused of murdering a pretty young woman. Like the star himself, the character is married to (the very appealing) Lilli Palmer. I don't want to give away the plot. Let's just say that this is a movie that comes out against quick decisions in tabloid cases.

Can this have been a coincidence? Maybe it was. I don't know anything about its history. However, I sincerely doubt that it was.


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