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5.0 out of 5 stars An official DVD release - at long last!, 1 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Halfway House [DVD] (1944) (DVD)
A wonderful, magical film imbued with all the atmosphere typical of the period. Superb performances and story backed with peerless cinematography (that jack Cardiff would have been proud of) and atmospheric music.

During the latter part of the second world war, a group of disparate travellers end up at a remote Welsh Inn that was supposedly blown up and subsequently burnt down by a stray German raider. Yet, the pub still stands and its host and his daughter, played by real life father and daughter, Mervyn and Glynis Johns, are still there. The whole place has an other worldly feel and all of the troubles that the customers bring with them are confronted by the ghostly proprietors. Odd things are noticed by the travellers - the hosts cast no shadows and the newspapers and radio broadcasts are all a year out of date.

This is nothing short of superb and ranks alongside the very best of the war's cinematic output and remains one of my favourite films of all time.
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Initial post: 5 Jul 2012 22:10:43 BDT
T. S. C. says:
Your review almost (almost!) makes me want to buy this film; but the price is a little high for an old Ealing movie, as good as they usually are.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2013 21:44:29 GMT
CroydonBoy says:
I've searched eBay and other sites and this is by far the CHEAPEST on offer.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2015 09:36:36 GMT
I wouldn't have thought at the current price of £8 new, that this would be prohibitive in this day and age!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2015 10:06:49 GMT
CroydonBoy says:
Agree entirely. Superb film and one of a kind. Well worth the money.
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