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The Mark of Cain (1947)

An attractive young French girl instigates rivalry between two brothers when she becomes the bride of the younger one.

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Christianna Brand (screenplay), Francis Crowdy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Portman ... Richard Howard
Sally Gray ... Sarah Bonheur
Patrick Holt ... John Howard
Dermot Walsh ... Jerome Thorn
Denis O'Dea ... Sir William Godgrey
Therese Giehse ... Sister Seraphine (as Therèse Giehse)
Edward Lexy ... Lord Rochford
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Daisy Cobb (as Maureen Delany)
James Hayter ... Dr. White
Helen Cherry ... Mary
Helen Goss ... Lizzie Burt
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Jennie
Beryl Measor Beryl Measor ... Nurse Brand
Dora Sevening Dora Sevening ... Mme. Bonheur
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Sir Jonathon Dockwra
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An attractive young French girl instigates rivalry between two brothers when she becomes the bride of the younger one.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 March 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Il marchio di Caino See more »

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Two Cities Films See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film, and the novel it's based on ("Airing in a Closed Carriage" by Joseph Shearing [pen name of Gabrielle Margaret Vere Long]), are based on the real-life arrest and trial of Florence Maybrick, accused of murdering her husband with poison in 1889, although this story presents an alternate solution to the crime. See more »

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Brotherly Love
9 January 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Eric Portman (Richard) is out in France carrying out a business deal and wooing Sally Gray (Sarah) when his bother Patrick Holt (John) shows up and pinches his girlfriend! More than that, he marries her. Guess what, Portman bears a grudge over this - what a surprise, eh? We jump forwards and Gray is not happy at home with Holt. He's horrible to her and Portman shows up with a plan to rescue her and win his girlfriend back for himself. Oh dear, she's not interested in a romantic liaison and even has another interest - Dermot Walsh (Thorn) on the go. Portman has another plan - and it's a bit more sinister.

This film is ok but lacking in any real tension and I also have to add that it contains the rare occasion where Portman overacts which is to his detriment. His courtroom ramblings are almost laughable due to his delivery. The story is ok but it is told as a straight narrative without fully engaging the audience with scenes that play on the emotions. Neither of the brothers are particularly pleasant but it is fun to follow Portman and his scheming. In fact, I kind of supported Portman in what he was up to. So, I guess I must be evil as well.


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