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The story of a ghostly inn: a fascinating film of its time,
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This review is from: The Halfway House [DVD] (1944) (DVD)
This is a little gem of film. It was produced at Ealing Studios in 1944 and the story involves a group of war-weary people who, for various reasons, arrive at the Halfway House on the same day. The Halfway House is a hotel set in the remote Welsh countryside. The hotel is owned by a father and daughter (played by Mervyn Johns and Glynis Johns) as the guests arrive they gradually notice oddities like the papers are a year out of date, the owner and daughter do not appear to cast shadows etc. The experience for all of the guests provides a turning point that would not be out of place in a J.B. Priestley play.
I suspect that the power of the film is not quite what it would have been at the time of its release with an audience in the United Kingdom that was increasingly war-weary and yearning for a Second Front to hasten the end of the conflict. But even allowing for that small point, it is an eminently enjoyable film, enjoying some quite stunning filming and some excellent acting.