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Crow Hollow (1952)

A story of a newly-wed wife of a young doctor who goes to live with him in an oppressive old house where various mysterious attempts are made on her life.

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Michael McCarthy

Writers:

Vivian Milroy (screenplay), Dorothy Eden (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Houston ... Robert
Natasha Parry ... Anne
Patricia Owens ... Willow (as Pat Owens)
Esma Cannon ... Judith
Nora Nicholson ... Opal
Susan Richmond Susan Richmond ... Hester
Meadows White Meadows White ... Dexter
Melissa Stribling ... Diana
Penelope Munday Penelope Munday ... Cass
Ewen Solon ... Sgt. Jenkins
Denis Webb Denis Webb ... Det. Inspector York
Georgie Henschel Georgie Henschel ... Nurse Baxter
Gordon Bell Gordon Bell ... Alec
Janet Barrow Janet Barrow ... Mrs. Wilson
Norman Claridge Norman Claridge ... Hospital Doctor
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A story of a newly-wed wife of a young doctor who goes to live with him in an oppressive old house where various mysterious attempts are made on her life. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1952 (UK) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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First film of Melissa Stribling. See more »

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Mrs. Wilson, Diana's Mother: I asked Robert to tell you to come alone so that I could talk to you. I wanted to see what sort of girl he'd so quickly decided to marry.
Ann Amour: Do you think I'll do?
Mrs. Wilson, Diana's Mother: I think you should be just what he needs. Poor Robert. Love him a great deal, my dear.
Ann Amour: Why do you say, 'poor Robert'?
Mrs. Wilson, Diana's Mother: Did I say that? He's been very much alone. He's an orphan, you know?
Ann Amour: So am I.
Mrs. Wilson, Diana's Mother: Are you, my dear? It hasn't hurt you, I can see that. You've had someone to love you and take care of you.
Ann Amour: That's true. Daddy only died two ...
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Lacklustre and plodding English Gothic
24 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

As a suspense film, I thought CROW HOLLOW was a bit lacking. This is a slow, meandering type film that has a good location in a gloomy country house populated by eccentric sisters. The acting is hard to fault and certainly the cast members give solid performances if not outstanding. I would have to lay the blame at the door of screenwriter Vivian Milroy, who didn't seem to have much experience of the mystery genre. The resultant film is plodding although not without merit.

Natasha Parry plays the protagonist role in this film. It's a typical part that has a little of REBECCA about it; a new bride moving into an ancestral home where she may or may not be going out of her mind. Parry is a fine choice for lead, she's lovely, fragile, and determined, all in the same breath. As her husband, Donald Houston is less interesting - I've never warmed to him - but there are good roles in support for the fine Melissa Stribling (DRACULA) as the friend and confidant and the delightful Esma Cannon (CARRY ON CRUISING) as the eccentric aunt.

CROW HOLLOW does well with a handful of shock sequences, one of which involving a tarantula that was later borrowed by Hammer for their adaptation of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. However, the mystery aspects of the storyline feel dragged out and I found the ending to be more than a little unbelievable. It's watchable enough, but in a genre crowded with similar movies, CROW HOLLOW doesn't really stand out.


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