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on 24 June 2017
A classic film even by todays standards , and in colour ,( on t.v. its in black and white )
Very fast delivery service !
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on 19 December 2016
Bought as a gift
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on 15 May 2012
It has been at least 30 years since I last saw this gem, but I remembered how good I thought it was at the time. I was not disappointed! It remains a really good film that gets into the plot within 5 minutes of beginning. My 23 year old daughter, who is a harsh critic of films, watched it with me and was also impressed, especially by the storyline and the atmospheric cinematography commencing with a monsoon-like opening sequence at a funeral. I have no hesitation in recommending it highly, and have already done so to cinema-loving friends.
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VINE VOICEon 17 May 2010
One of the very best of British suspense thrillers to come out of the 1950s - full of high drama, and unusually for Britain of the time; made in glorious colour! A great movie, starring the late Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger - both in fine form.

A housemaid (Simmons) who's in love with her master, discovers a secret about her employer that may just tip the balance of love in her favour. A most clever young woman who's up against many odds, but manages to turn events about, and all in the name of love - but not for material gain as her actions may imply. Likewise, and even cleverer still; her master (Granger) uses the situation to turn things about yet again, but several key events backfire on both as each attempt to outwit the other in order to get what each of them wants.

This is an exceptionally high-quality drama, using both cunning, deceit and the fierceness of unrequited love to score points in a most unique suspense thriller.

Great stuff!
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on 27 January 2013
This film isn`t marvellous but it is entertaining. Husband and wife team Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons both play against their normal roles. He is a very wealthy man who has murdered his wife and got away with it, she is the housemaid who knows what has happened, and threatens to tell unless he gives her his wife`s, jewellery and clothes and a better position in the household.

Both of the stars look terrific. Not exactly a handsome `hero` and beautiful `heroine`, since they are both so horrible, but they are nice to look at.

The thing that is a nuisance is that after every scene, the screen blacks out before the next scene starts. There are a lot of short scenes so the blackouts happen a lot. Thank goodness, we don`t have to put up with it these days.
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on 10 December 2010
This should have been a huge hit at the time of release. Very good performances from Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons in the lead roles.

Stewart Granger murders his wife in turn-of-the-century London. He is discovered by maid Simmons, who has always secretly loved him. She blackmails her way into the housekeeper position, and Granger decides he has to kill her too. Pursuing her in the fog, he mistakes someone else for her and kills a stranger. Arrested and put on trial, Granger is saved from the gallows by testimony from Simmons, who then tightens her psychological grip on him.

This is a very good film and should have received higher acclaim. The transfer to DVD is a good one. The twist at the end will only enhance your appreciation of a fine movie. If your viewing these reviews without previously having seen the film, take a chance and buy it - you'll be pleasantly surprised. The only extra is the cinematic trailer. Maybe one day this will re-released on blu ray with many production extras.
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on 10 May 2015
Rather lush and interestingly directed by Arthur Lubin (couple of Dutch angles, scarlet and deep blue colours, ominous staircase and moments of foggy tension) melodrama in the Victorian fashion with Jean and Stewart enjoying it and not hamming it up too much. Part of the interest is seeing the luminous beauty of doomed starlet Belinda Lee with her cheekbones and perfect smile. You could try for a daft Marxist-feminist interpretation of the class and gender issues, but settle applauding the sub-90 minute rule: it's never dull and has a very decent plot from the W.W. 'Monkey's Paw' Jacobs' short story. Victor Maddern, William Hartnell and Finlay Currie add to the classic Shepperton crew.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 December 2010
What a remarkable movie this is. Hard-edged, cynical and totally lacking in sentimentality. The stars are most impressive and the direction puts the film way up there with Gaslight ( the superior English version). An excellent print - lovingly transferred - and a solid audio track too! Although perhaps showing its "stage" origins, it is none the less an most enjoyable and surprisingly powerful victorian romp. It won't disappoint.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 September 2013
A somewhat belated review. What a pleasure it is sometimes to see a British film which is an "old fashioned" unpretentious classic mystery thriller. A lovely print 16.9 Aspect Ratio (tho I found the music levels uncomfortably high-needed the remote), colour and picture pretty perfect. The story of Stephen Lowry (Granger) who thinks he has committed the perfect murder until the scheming maid (Simmons) tells him otherwise, is shrouded in rain, fog and gaslight and builds up to a good climax in 1hr 26 mins. A good support cast, perhaps apart from a very wooden Bill Travers, keeps things moving nicely along. I haven't enjoyed a film like this for ages - A nice glass or two of wine - A winter evening... What more can a film fan want? Unless you are 12 of course, in which case...
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on 26 February 2014
brought as a present for the mother in law who said she remembers the film from years ago and wanted to see it again. Just as she remembered it , she loved it.
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