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Britannia Mews (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 May 1949 (USA)
A rich woman in Victorian England marries a poor artist from the wrong side of the track, and finds herself the victim of a blackmailing plot.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay), Margery Sharp (based on novel Britannia Mews by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dana Andrews ... Henry Lambert / Gilbert Lauderdale
Maureen O'Hara ... Adelaide 'Addie' Culver
Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
Fay Compton ... Mrs. Culver
A.E. Matthews ... Mr. Bly
Diane Hart ... The Blazer
Anne Butchart Anne Butchart ... Alice Hambro
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Culver
Anthony Tancred Anthony Tancred ... Treff Culver
Herbert C. Walton Herbert C. Walton ... The Old 'Un (as Herbert Walton)
Mary Martlew Mary Martlew ... Milly Lauderdale
June Allen June Allen ... Adelaide Culver - as a Child
Susanne Gibbs Susanne Gibbs ... Alice - as a Child
Heather Latham Heather Latham ... Blazer - as a Child
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Storyline

In Victorian London, Adalaide Culver (Maureen O'Hara, loves and marries an art teacher Gilbert Lauderdale (Dana Andrews) and lives in poverty with him until he dies in an accident. A street harridan known as The Sow (Sybil Thorndike) blackmails Adalaide, claiming she is a murderer. A young barrister, Henry Lambert (Dana Andrews) , who looks like her late husband, comes along with legal advice. It must have been good advice, as later they fall in love and devise a puppet show that is a big success, and that brings Adalaide to a reunion with her estranged family and marriage to the man who looks like her deceased husband. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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For herself alone...she must answer for what she was and did!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affairs of Adelaide See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a biography of star Dana Andrews, he was very upset that after carefully cultivating the appropriate English accent for his role as the artist, his voice was then "looped" by an English actor (for the British prints only; in the prints for the U.S. and foreign markets outside the British Commonwealth Andrews's voice is his own) whose identity the studio refused to reveal, and who remains a mystery to this day. This was done in an effort to give to British audiences a more accurate accent for someone who would have lived in the mews. However, Andrews, critics, and audiences alike felt it was an inferior performance and obvious job of dubbing. See more »

Quotes

Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: I pay you 10 shillings a week and I expect some service for it. Here! All right you old fool do what you like but not so likely you find somebody to pay you I do and ask little for it.
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey: Hold on there, No call to talk so nasty to friends, I do it this once
Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: You do it as many times I tell ya if you know what good for ya
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey: not so nasty I said, I don't mind you a favor now and then accounting you paying me
Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: Why then?
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey: I tell ya deary, I'm a woman who never had child I got one now You
Adelaide 'Addie' Culver: I soon be mother by ...
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9 August 2004 | by John_B_BeckSee all my reviews

Dana Andrews first character in the movie was as 'Henry Lambert' not 'Herbert Lambert' and he didn't fall out a window - he fell down the stairs. I watched this movie today on Fox and I liked it - I didn't think that I would at first. This movie was also titled: "Affairs of Adelaide" and "The Forbidden Street". The story was a from a book by Margery Sharp entitled: "Britannia Mews". She also wrote the books from which the animated features "The Rescuers" (1977) and "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990) were drawn. I would buy this movie (The Forbidden Street/Britannia Mews/Affairs of Adelaide) if it were to come out on DVD. This is the first time I have commented on a movie in such a way.


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