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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL - WONDERFUL- WONDERFUL!!!!, 9 Sep 2008
This review is from: Pink String And Sealing Wax [DVD] (DVD)
OH YES!! I'd waited years for this to come out on Video and it didn't, and then DVD, now it's finally happened, and I still can't believe it!

One of Googie Withers' greatest movies (I contacted Ms. Withers about this movie some years ago and she was kind enough to reply from Australia) Googie made many great films during this period of her career, and was one of Britain's biggest film stars, but no part had as many close-up shots as this which are always so very difficult to do, and very demanding.

Pearl (Withers) is married to Publican Joe Bond who mistreats her. Having hardened her own persona to become accustomed to this she takes advantage of an impressionable young youth (Gordon Jackson) to forge her way into 'disposing' of her unwanted husband. But taking advantage of such an innocent does not come without its own just rewards, for Pearl is in love with a man who does not love her; a man who goes on to flaunt his 'other' woman under her very nose.

There's also the story of the family of the young man played by Gordon Jackson in all this, and the head of that household is Mervyn Johns. His wife (played by the talented actress Mary Merall) submits to his rule of authority - as does the rest of the family - unwillingly.

'...you're going to do horrible things to those darling little Guinea Pigs...' (I just loved Sally Ann Howes in this) is just one of the memorable and moving lines uttered in this marvellous script! And there's some real gems for scenes - like the one as Mervyn Johns and Mary Merall as man and wife climb the stairs to bed, whilst discussing the relationship they do not appear to have with their children - and why... Some wonderful dialogue.

Mervyn Johns is terrifying as the strict unsympathetic husband and father, and also being the local 'Hang Man' is not so far removed from his occupations! Catherine Lacey is excellent as the Pub 'regular' who witnesses all as a mere 'spectator' and 'stirs' the trouble accordingly!

This is most certainly one of the greatest films of the 1940s - a true classic, and worth its weight in gold! Indeed, a film has got to be good when a Scottish accent (Gordon Jackson's) can be over-looked within an English family - it simply does not matter...

There's also a brief but notable appearance of Amy Dalby (the original old Miss Abigail from 'The Haunting' 1963') who amazingly, though she is the first character to appear in the movie - goes unjustly unaccredited.

One of my favourite movies of all time!
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2010 20:02:26 BDT
Whilst I agree with you about the talent of Googie Withers, I disagree about Sally Ann Howes. At the moment, I have only seen her in "Dead Of Night", "Halfway House" and this film. She is extremely wooden in each of these good British films. I think a better actress could have taken her part in every example. She does provide comedy with the occasional brash delivery but I feel she was incredibly fortunate to get the parts that she did. At the opposite end of the scale, Googie Withers is a true star.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 20:20:12 BDT
FAMOUS NAME says:
Hi Alex,

Many Thanks for your Comment.

I understand your view of Ms. Howes. It may be a good idea to seek out some of her other work, and you may or may not change your opinion. I can see how she could come across.

There weren't that many child stars around back then, and the way she speaks/acts was in fact, as you say, a pretty standard way of acting back then - but it's the lines that really do it for me in this instance I think.

FAMOUS NAME
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