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A Place of One's Own (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 28 May 1945 (UK)
An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Osbert Sitwell (novel), Osbert Sitwell (with the collaboration of the author) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Annette
James Mason ... Smedhurst
Barbara Mullen ... Mrs. Smedhurst
Dennis Price ... Dr. Selbie
Helen Haye ... Mrs. Manning Tutthorn
Michael Shepley ... Maj. Manning Tutthorn
Dulcie Gray ... Sarah
Moore Marriott ... George
O.B. Clarence ... Perkins
Helen Goss ... Barmaid
Edie Martin ... Cook
Gus McNaughton ... PC Hargreaves
Muriel George ... Nurse
John Turnbull ... Sir Roland Jervis
Ernest Thesiger ... Dr. Marsham
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Storyline

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the spirit of another girl, a wealthy woman who had once lived in the house but who had been murdered there. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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James Mason brings his genius to the strangest love story that ever haunted two hearts


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

...holt Doktor Marsham! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both James Mason and Barbara Mullen were in their early 30s playing a couple in at least late middle-age. Mason in particular wanted to show his range, playing against type as an avuncular, older Yorkshireman (he was from Huddersfield). In his autobiography he admitted that his performance was a failed experiment, and indeed his accent slips sometimes and his make-up and hair-lace are very obvious in close-ups. He realized that in as far as his Gainsborough Pictures roles were concerned, he was better as, and expected to be, "only some heroic lady-killer, or better still: lady-basher". See more »

Goofs

When supposedly toasting with port at the Smedhursts, although it is passed to the left as custom dictates, the liquid in the glasses is suspiciously clear, as opposed to the ruby/dark colour it should be. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Smedhurst: If there's one thing I can't stand, it's mystery.
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Referenced in The Others (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz of the Flowers
(uncredited)
from "The Nutcracker Suite"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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An Enjoyable Gainsborough Gothic Romp
20 July 2007 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I enjoyed this the latest addition to my Margaret Lockwood collection of films.It was filmed the same year,(1945) , that she produced her most famous role of the evil, beautiful, Lady Barbara Skelton in "The Wicked Lady".In "A Place of Our Own" she looks her dark, ravishing best in the "good" role of Annette, the lady companion to Mrs Smedhurst, (Barbara Mullen).

It is a pity that in the eyes of the general public "The Wicked Lady" has crowded out from their conscience her other "good" roles.Most notably, apart from this film, was "The Lady Vanishes" and "Bank Holiday" both from 1938 and "Girl in the News" and "Night Train to Munich" both from 1940 also "Love Story" (from 1944).James Mason for once puts aside his usual sophisticated and sadistic role (such as he played in "The Man in Grey"(1943) with Margaret, Stewart Grainger and Anna Neagle) and plays a sympathetic man twice his age at the time.He plays a plain speaking Yorshireman, Mr Smedhurst, who has spent his entire working life as a draper and now wishes to settle into retirement living in an old house the estate agent had difficulty selling.This role presumably caused James Mason no problems seeing as he was born in Huddersfield.("We're plain speaking folk up there").This is the third film where I've seen Margaret Lockwood "play" the piano well.For other films see "Love Story" and "Inspector Trent's Last Case" (1952).Was that devine music I heard a Chopin prelude? Being a period piece and ghostly it is quite interesting and held my attention to the end.I agree here with another reviewer, it could have been directed with slightly more tension and hence it has only a touch of Gothic suspense.I wonder what Hitchcock would have done with the direction but he was firmly established in Hollywood at the time.I gave it a rating of 6/10.


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