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They Were Sisters [VHS] [1945]

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  • Actors: Phyllis Calvert, James Mason, Hugh Sinclair, Anne Crawford, Peter Murray-Hill
  • Directors: Arthur Crabtree
  • Writers: Dorothy Whipple, Katherine Strueby, Roland Pertwee
  • Producers: Harold Huth, Maurice Ostrer
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 26 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CR0S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,764 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gainsborough melodrama starring James Mason as a heartless man who torments his infatuated wife. Three sisters all have very different experiences of marriage. Phyllis Calvert plays the woman who marries a nice guy, loses a child and struggles to hold her family together. Anne Crawford has a ball as the self-absorbed philanderer who scarcely notices her own child and prefers the occasional young stud to her boring husband. Dulcie Gray is the sensitive sister who marries the handsome but brutal James Mason.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William Taylor on 10 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Phyllis Calvert was one of the loveliest and most sympathetic heroines of 1940's British cinema, and she excels here as Lucy, the practical and level headed one of three sisters. She is excellently supported by Dulcie Gray, idealistic, romantic yet weak and Anne Crawford, worldly -wise yet selfish. James Mason revels in his role of Geoffrey, probably his wickedest role along with The Seventh Veil and The Wicked Lady which were all made in the same year as this, 1945. A main point of interest is to see Phyllis' charming acting alongside her real-life husband, Peter Murray Hill, who sadly died in the mid 1950's at a young age.

This is a expensively mounted, well produced film and the attention to the relatively recent period detail is very good and unusual for a film of this era.

Some people may find the emotions too over wrought and maybe they are, but as a piece of entertainment it is certainly engrossing and at the denouement when Geoffrey is finally exposed you ought to be cheering!

The film is a little over long coming in at about 110 minutes but again it's a great view for a rainy afternoon. Very good quality transfer to DVD, too!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2008
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Tragic tale of three sisters who all marry at about the same time, but one (marvellously played by Dulcie Gray - now aged 90!) gets the unfortunate deal. She marries a character called 'Geoffrey' (played by a handsome, but ruthless James Mason) who treats her terribly... He gradually and sadistically tortures her to death using mind games and emotional cruelty. Poor Charlotte (Dulcie Gray) is so helplessly in love with her husband, that even she cannot resist his false acts of remorse after his cruelties... This all has an effect on the children involved, and also the other two sisters and their respective lives.

This movie does have a happy ending of sorts - if you can call it that under the circumstances...

A Gainsborough classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KAW on 19 Mar. 2012
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Maybe my hopes were a bit too high after reading the book which I thought was wonderful. I could just imagine James Mason playing the psychologically manipulative Geoffrey. The film did not meet my expectations, although the acting was good it could not quite match the depths of emotion portrayed in the book. An interesting period piece though and worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Hart on 16 Jan. 2014
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Good adaptation of a wonderful novel, although some of the most disturbing aspects of the novel have been omitted. Very disturbing and powerful performance by James Mason (such a good actor) and of course Phyllis Calvert is excellent. Wonderful that this long lost film has finally been made available to Dorothy Whipple fans.
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By bronxboy on 5 Nov. 2013
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This film is fantastic. If you like oldtime Davis, Crawford, deHavilland melodramas ......this is for you. Acting is surperb by all..... especially James Mason....story is terrific. Everything about this movie is perfect..Very highly recommended if you like sort of film.
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By Mrs. K. A. Howard on 20 Jan. 2013
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Bought this as a Christmas present for my mum, as she loves James Mason. She was more than happy with it, so much that she asked for a copy of the Seventh veil. Fantastic films great for a trip down memory lane.
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By Mizville on 28 Feb. 2013
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Fantastic film really enjoyed it. It's a fine late night winter flick and needs to be viewed again to appreciate it fully. Keeper it is. Thank you so much top marks to a STAR seller! :-)! Brilliant!
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