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It Started in Paradise (1952)

As she rises in the fashion world, a talented dress designer loses contact with her own humanity. She also forgets that you meet the same people on the way up as on the way down.

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Hugh Hastings (additional dialogue), Marghanita Laski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Hylton ... Martha Watkins
Ian Hunter ... Arthur Turner
Terence Morgan ... Edouard
Muriel Pavlow ... Alison
Martita Hunt ... Mme. Alice
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Michael
Ronald Squire ... Mary Jane
Kay Kendall ... Lady Caroline Frencham
Joyce Barbour Joyce Barbour ... Lady Burridge
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Mr. Louis
Margaret Withers Margaret Withers ... Miss Madge
Lucienne Hill Lucienne Hill ... Madame Lucienne
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Crystal Leroy
Arthur Lane Arthur Lane ... Sydney Bruce
Dana Wynter ... Barbara, The Model (as Dagmar Wynter)
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Storyline

As she rises in the fashion world, a talented dress designer loses contact with her own humanity. She also forgets that you meet the same people on the way up as on the way down.

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Começou no Paraíso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

British Film-Makers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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well worth a watch
14 April 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

Martha is a dress designer who is longing for her big break, and finally gets it when she manages to convince her boss (whose designs are stuck in the past) that she needs a holiday. Alison, who is fresh out of school, assists Martha in getting the new company off the ground. The movie starts in 1938 and follows the course of the two girls and their careers over a period of about ten years. A smattering of comedy, a little romance, overall this is a fine drama. Half of it is set on the catwalk, and there are plenty of gorgeous outfits to look at, stylish even fifty years later.


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