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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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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 »

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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

The first film in which Margaret Lockwood highlighted a mole high on her left cheekbone. Although noticeable in some earlier publicity shots, she henceforward marked it in black, and it became a trademark of sorts. 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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Version of Mystery and Imagination: A Place of One's Own (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Hydropaten Waltz, Op.149
(uncredited)
Music by József Gungl
Arranged by Hubert Bath
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A PLACE OF ONE'S OWN (Bernard Knowles, 1945) ***1/2
23 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I had always been interested in watching this well-regarded British ghost story – but was still pretty much blown away by it, being generally deemed too low-key for complete success. The film (the U.K. equivalent to THE UNINVITED [1944]) is notable for James Mason's playing of a character role much older than his 36 years; he's fine as always, but is matched by Barbara Mullen as his wife – and the whole proves a nice showcase, too, for the young Dennis Price as a doctor. The latter falls for and eventually treats Margaret Lockwood, Mullen's ingénue companion – who, on the old couple's inexpensive acquisition of a fashionable but notorious country-house, becomes possessed by the spirit of the latest female occupant (she had been ill-treated by both masters and servants and would die separated from her lover, another medic). Directed by a former cinematographer (his debut and unquestionably best effort), the period atmosphere is exceedingly well deployed throughout – thanks to Stephen Dade's probing camera-work and the elegant production design, particularly the mansion's interior. There are few genuine scares, yet the film generates some definite frissons along the way: Lockwood, a mediocre pianist at best, suddenly playing a piece faultlessly in front of guests; the girl's spontaneous quotation from a poem she readily admits to being unfamiliar with; and, especially, her close encounter with an unseen entity (woken up by the piano mysteriously playing at night, we hear its lid being violently shut when she enters the room, followed by the camera's swift panning – suggesting something had gone past her – and then hushed voices plotting murder in the hallway). Also worth mentioning in this regard, however, are the enigmatic 'orders' given to the old couple as well as the gardener (a surprising straight turn from comedian Will Hay's frequent sparring partner Moore Marriott) respectively requesting a certain doctor's presence and the unearthing of a locket (subsequently cleaned just as inexplicably). Eventually, the former lovers do get together one more time – the girl obviously in Lockwood's form and the medic now reduced to an old man (played by none other than Ernest Thesiger, whose entrance here towards the end of the film is almost as impressive as the one in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN [1935]) – but, tellingly, the camera cuts away at this precise moment, as if we what they had to say was meant for their ears only!; following this, there is a twist involving Thesiger's character – which I actually predicted, but it certainly adds to the poignancy of the reunion. All in all, a little gem of a film displaying plenty of brooding style but also surprising warmth (not a feeling one usually associates with ghost stories).


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