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The View from Pompey's Head (1955)

Anson Page, a lawyer with Southern roots leaves New York, his wife and his kids for Georgia. His assignment is to investigate the case of Garvin Wales, a famous writer, now nearly blind and... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Dunne

Writers:

Hamilton Basso (novel), Philip Dunne
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Richard Egan ... Anson 'Sonny' Page
Dana Wynter ... Dinah Blackford Higgins
Cameron Mitchell ... Michael "Mickey" / "Mico" Higgins
Sidney Blackmer ... Garvin Wales
Marjorie Rambeau ... Lucy Devereaux Wales
Dorothy Patrick ... Meg Page
Rosemarie Stack ... Kit Robbins Garrick (as Rosemarie Bowe)
Jerry Paris ... Ian Garrick
Ruby Goodwin Ruby Goodwin ... Esther
Pamela Stufflebeam Pamela Stufflebeam ... Julia Higgins
Evelyn Rudie ... Cecily Higgins
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... John Duncan
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Charles Barlowe
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Anson Page, a lawyer with Southern roots leaves New York, his wife and his kids for Georgia. His assignment is to investigate the case of Garvin Wales, a famous writer, now nearly blind and embittered, whose royalties have apparently never reached him. Back in his native South, Page finds himself immediately exposed to what he had fled : racial and class prejudices. But he also meets his former love, Dinah, now married to go-getter uncouth businessman Mickey Higgins. Will he find out whatever happened to 2,000 dollars in rights Wales did not cash? Will Dinah and Anson renew their love story? Written by Guy Bellinger

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NOT SINCE SCARLETT AND JEZEBEL HAS THE SOUTH PRODUCED SUCH A WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Dana Wynter was said to have remarked, "I have a difficult time remembering this film, especially when fans tell me they have enjoyed it, because of the fact it had a different title in just about every country it played in." See more »

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Sturdy melodrama nevertheless a product of its time...
18 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Married New York City lawyer with Southern roots returns to his hometown in Georgia strictly on business, managing to dig up secrets from the past as well as rekindling a distant romance. Despite some flashbacks near the beginning, a lean and straightforward adaptation of Hamilton Basso's book (its inelegant title changed to "Secret Interlude" overseas). The film manages to skirt overwrought melodrama with help from a literate screenplay by Philip Dunne, who also directed. However, with themes of interracial relations and extra-marital intimacy, the picture really shouldn't be so plodding. The performers are well-cast (and their divergent accents aren't a big distraction), but the blaring music by Elmer Bernstein seeks out more intensity on the screen than what we're getting, especially during the romantic clinches. Handsome film is well-produced, yet the plot is merely routine. ** from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le train du dernier retour See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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