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They Were Sisters [DVD]
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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
VINE VOICEon 20 August 2008
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
on 19 March 2012
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
on 16 January 2014
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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on 5 November 2013
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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on 20 January 2013
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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on 28 February 2013
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
Phyllis Calvert is lovely and sympathetic and, aside from the children and the dog, is the only one to really cheer for. Although most female viewers will be lured in by James Mason's disturbingly alluring cruelty, they will probably find it quite ugly by the end. Being set in the more modern day, with Mason in a suit and driving a car, instead of a period costume and a horse, makes this story all the more unpleasant. Worst of all is the casting of Mason's real-life wife Pamela as his eldest daughter (!) Unless this was a rare glimpse of him breaking character with the camera rolling, his physical affection with her in their many shared scenes surely indicated incest. Eww! Her performance doesn't give that impression, but then she wasn't much of an actress. Allegedly her character is mature, yet she calls him "Daddy" throughout. His poor on-screen wife and children suffer his endless verbal and emotional abuse. He even threatens the poor dog. The most entertaining scene for me (as an American) was when the young son is playing with a new gun, and Cruel Papa Mason says he MAY have to take that away from him. Unlike the villain you loved to hate in The Man in Grey and The Wicked Lady, here his villain is more like alcoholic pervert uncle-by-marriage who manages to ruin every family gathering. You'll applaud Phyllis Calvert's kind-hearted character but won't find any redeeming value in Mason's villain.
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on 2 July 2015
Excellent customer service by seller, highly recommended
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on 3 July 2014
Enjoyed this film - good storyline
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