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A Man About the House (1947)

Agnes and Ellen Isit, two poor English sisters, unexpectedly inherit from their uncle a rich estate near Naples, complete with big villa and manly Italian majordomo. The latter, Salvatore, ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Arliss

Writers:

Francis Brett Young (the screen adaptation of novel), John Perry (dramatisation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Margaret Johnston ... Agnes Isit
Dulcie Gray ... Ellen Isit
Kieron Moore ... Salvatore
Guy Middleton ... Sir Benjamin Dench
Felix Aylmer ... Ronald Sanctuary
Lilian Braithwaite ... Mrs. Armitage
Jone Salinas Jone Salinas ... Maria
Marisa Finiani Marisa Finiani ... Assunta (as Maria Fimiani)
Fulvia De Priamo Fulvia De Priamo ... Gita
Nicola Esposito Nicola Esposito ... Antonino
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Higgs
Wilfrid Caithness Wilfrid Caithness ... Solicitor (as Wilfred Caithness)
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Agnes and Ellen Isit, two poor English sisters, unexpectedly inherit from their uncle a rich estate near Naples, complete with big villa and manly Italian majordomo. The latter, Salvatore, makes use of his Latin charm to seduce Agnes, who soon turns from prim spinster to passionate lover. Ellen observes the romance with amusement first before realizing how little considerate Salvatore becomes after marrying Agnes. Worse, Agnes's health starts deteriorating. Worried about her sister, she contacts Dr. Ben Dench, a family friend... Written by Guy Bellinger

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sister | based on novel | See All (2) »

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He promised love, fiesta and fear!

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Cobiça See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kieron Moore receives 'and introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

When Salvatore climbs to the top of the cliff after collecting the eggs, Sir Benjamin Dench (the doctor) is only a few inches away from the cliff edge. In the next scene he is further away. See more »

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Written by Salvatore Cardillo
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Things do not go as expected
21 September 2018 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Surprisingly enjoyable and certainly well made little UK picture filmed partly on location near Naples to great effect. The tale begins fairly mundanely and it seems we are in for some light melodrama as two uptight English sisters possibly vie for the attention of some rich landowner. Turns out they are the landowners, the property is in Italy and a good part of this is set out in the wonderful sunshine and vistas of the bay of Naples. Things do not go as expected and although we have wonderful, almost neorealist shots of happy peasants and the grape harvest, a darker side soon begins to emerge and this ends up being akin to Suspicion and Gaslight. Perhaps not quite as dark as those two films but this certainly has its moments and the cast perform very well under tight direction and beautiful photography.


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