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The Deep Blue Sea (1955)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 1 November 1955 (USA)
A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (play), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Vivien Leigh ... Hester Collyer
Kenneth More ... Freddie Page
Eric Portman ... Miller
Emlyn Williams ... Sir William Collyer
Moira Lister ... Dawn Maxwell
Arthur Hill ... Jackie Jackson
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Elton
Jimmy Hanley ... Dicer Durston
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin ... Barmaid
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Dawson
Bill Shine ... Golfer
Brian Oulton ... Drunk
Sidney James ... Man outside bar
Alec McCowen ... Ken Thompson
Gibb McLaughlin ... Clerk
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Storyline

A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

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Taglines:

Trapped Between Infidelity and - [The Deep Blue Sea].

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'autre homme See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Probably unreleased in France; The date (6-1-1956) provided by Encyclo-Ciné must be the press screening date. See more »

Quotes

Dawn Maxwell: Anyway, chin up, love... there's nothing ever quite so bad but thinking makes it worse
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Connections

Version of BBC Play of the Month: The Deep Blue Sea (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Deep Blue Sea
Music by Francis Chagrin
Lyrics by Roy Bradford
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Luck leave a Lady tonight
8 November 2018 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

In this very British feature, Vivien Leigh plays a titled Lady, the estranged wife of a benighted judge, come down in the world to live with her feckless lover, fly-by-night (no pun intended) test pilot Kenneth More, given to drinking and golfing in equal measures. The arresting opening scene shows her nosy neighbours, no doubt aware of the novelty of her status and circumstances, finding her unconscious in her and her lover's cheap flat, having attempted suicide with a combination of sleeping pills and gas.

The assistance of a neighbouring ex-doctor, played by Eric Portman, who walks around in shades and who we later learn was struck off a year ago for an undisclosed misdemeanour, brings her round. Soon on the scene too is her posh ex, (Emlyn Williams) obviously still in love with her and who obviously still cares for her and who tries to win her back. From there, in a series of flashbacks, we're brought up to date as we see how the triangular situation commenced, developed and led up to her course of action. How the three of them go on on from there informs the rest of the movie up to the emotional climax at the end.

This is very much the type of drama with characters using words like "Whizzo" "cad" and "good form" that the Angry Young Men of the British theatre world were rebelling against at around this time and not much further around the corner the new wave of realism in British cinema and the "Kitchen Sink Dramas" of the early 60's. Here then we have yet another examination of upper class mores and a familiar storyline of marital infidelity, with as usual as much left out as in, no doubt respecting the morals of the day, for example that the main catalyst for the affair between Leigh and More is physical attraction just as much as her rejection of the staid high society life she's endured more than enjoyed up until then.

With a screenplay adapted from his own play by Terence Rattigan, it does look at times like a museum piece with its cut-glass accents, genteel manners and stereotypical depiction of the working class landlady and out of work actress tenant. It's also difficult to warm to Leigh's poor little rich girl plight and even less so More's waster of a character. Some attempts are made to shed the piece's theatrical roots most obviously with an episode at a skiing resort which adds little to the plot, but by the end you can almost see the actors following their cues up until Miss Leigh's time of reckoning at the end.

Maybe I just like my porridge a bit thicker and saltier than this but even as it was possible to admire to some extent the stagecraft of the piece and the solidity of the direction and acting, ultimately the piece left me rather unsympathetic to the main characters and cold to the film as a whole.


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