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The Three Weird Sisters (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1948 (UK)
A secretary suspects that her employer's three elderly sisters are plotting to kill him after he announces he'll no longer finance their philanthropic endeavors.

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Daniel Birt (as Dan Birt)
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Cast overview:
Nancy Price ... Gertrude Morgan-Vaughan
Mary Clare ... Maude Morgan-Vaughan
Mary Merrall ... Isobel Morgan-Vaughan
Nova Pilbeam ... Claire Prentiss
Anthony Hulme Anthony Hulme ... David Davies
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Owen Morgan-Vaughan
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Thomas
Edward Rigby ... Waldo
Hugh Griffith ... Mabli Hughes
Marie Ault ... Beattie
David Davies David Davies ... Police Sergeant
Hugh Pryse Hugh Pryse ... Minister
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson ... Solicitor
Doreen Richards Doreen Richards ... Mrs. Probart
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Dispenser
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A secretary suspects that her employer's three elderly sisters are plotting to kill him after he announces he'll no longer finance their philanthropic endeavors.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

12 July 1948 (UK) See more »

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British National Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nancy Price, Mary Clare, and Mary Merrall Star
17 June 2012 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Gothic tale of a dying Welsh mining town and the three old ladies who oversee it. Each old lady is afflicted: one is blind, one deaf, and one arthritic.

After the town collapses into the coal mine, the old ladies vow to rebuild the town but don't have the money. So they summon their younger brother (Raymond Lovell) from London to come help them and the town. But as he drives into town with his secretary (Nova Pilbeam), someone throws and rock and hits him in the head. At the decaying mansion of his sisters, a doctor (Anthony Hulme) is summoned.

But something else is wrong. The brother seems to be ill, and his secretary tries to get information from the doctor, but he seems oddly distant. As the secretary tries to warn the doctor about the sisters' odd behavior, he bristles and tells of how the old ladies put him through medical school.

Stranded in the old mansion, the brother again confronts the sisters about money and finally declares he will change his will rather than leave money to the old ladies to waste on a dying town. This seems odd since they are all about 20 years his senior.

Odd things keep happening, but when the lawyer shows up to draw up a new will, things come to a head when the doctor realizes that the secretary may be in danger since she is the new beneficiary.

The three old ladies are remarkable and are all noted British character actresses. Nancy Price plays Gertrude, the blind one (she also co-scripted the film); Mary Clare plays Maude, the deaf one; and Mary Merrall plays Isobel, the arthritic one.

Co-stars include Marie Ault as the housekeeper, Elwyn Brook-Jones as her son, and Hugh Griffith as the town troublemaker.

Nova Pilbeam, best known for her 30s films with Alfred Hitchcock, retired from the screen after the release of this film and THE DEVIL'S PLOT in 1948. She was 29 years old.


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