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Home Before Dark (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 January 1959 (France)
Simmons is magnetic as Charlotte, her lovely, delicate face reflecting the inner turmoil of a woman battling for sanity after she walks out of a mental institution.


Mervyn LeRoy


Eileen Bassing (screenplay), Robert Bassing (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Charlotte Bronn
Dan O'Herlihy ... Arnold Bronn
Rhonda Fleming ... Joan Carlisle
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Jacob 'Jake' Diamond
Mabel Albertson ... Inez Winthrop
Stephen Dunne ... Hamilton Gregory (as Steve Dunne)
Joan Weldon ... Frances Barrett
Joanna Barnes ... Cathy Bergner
Kathryn Card ... Mattie
Marjorie Bennett ... Hazel Evans
Johnstone White ... Malcolm Southey
Eleanor Audley ... Mrs. Hathaway


A wealthy but emotionally damaged woman is released from a sanitarium a year after suffering a mental breakdown. She returns to her home, shared with her husband, stepsister, stepmother, and maid. She attempts to start her life over again, but the home environment that caused her breakdown are still there. The lack of support from those closest to her threatens her fragile recovery. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No story...No drama...No performance THIS powerful has ever been seen! See more »




Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The harsh winter in Marblehead, Massachusetts proved to be a problem when filming scenes outdoors. Equipment had to be de-iced quite often, and actress Rhonda Fleming took frequent breaks, complaining that her tongue was freezing. See more »


Arnold drives Charlotte home from the hospital in a snowstorm, and there is already a considerable amount of snow on the ground. At the end of the film, New Year's Eve, Charlotte mentions that she's been home for 3 months which means the snowstorm happened at the end of September. See more »


Home Before Dark
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Mary Kaye
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One darn good movie...from what I can remember.
26 August 2001 | by KeedeeSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this film since the mid seventies. I've been waiting, not very patiently for it to aire again. It was also a favorite of an older sibling of mine. We often discuss scenes from this film and Jean Simmons' performance that still rings clear in our heads today. If anyone ever ask us what movie we'd like to see that we haven't seen in years, we'll both shout out, "Home Before Dark" unanimously. We've tried to contact the studio where the film was made. We've looked high and low, written movie stations that aire the classics but no one has yet to answer our request. It's a great film! If ANYONE is willing to sell us a copy, please feel free to contact me. I've always thought Jean Simmons was an awesome actress. This movie confirms my conviction.

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Release Date:

14 January 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Home Before Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,390,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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