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The Long Dark Hall (1951)

A devoted family man tries to help a beautiful alcoholic showgirl with her life, and becomes the only suspect when someone else murders her.

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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), William Fairchild (additional scenes and dialogue) (as W. E. C. Fairchild) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Harrison ... Arthur Groome
Lilli Palmer ... Mary Groome
Tania Heald Tania Heald ... Sheila Groome
Henrietta Barry Henrietta Barry ... Rosemary Groome
Dora Sevening Dora Sevening ... Mary's Mother
Ronald Simpson Ronald Simpson ... Mary's Father
Raymond Huntley ... Chief Inspector Sullivan
William Squire ... Sergeant Cochran (as William Squires)
Ballard Berkeley ... Superintendent Maxey
Anthony Dawson ... The Man
Denis O'Dea ... Sir Charles Morton
Anthony Bushell ... Clive Bedford
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Judge (as Henry Longhurst)
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Rose Mallory (as Patricia Wayne)
Meriel Forbes Meriel Forbes ... Marjorie Danns
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Arthur Groome works in London and has a devoted family in Richmond. Shortly after he starts seeing a showgirl she is found murdered and the circumstantial evidence points to the innocent if naive Groome. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Two great Broadway stars at their greatest!

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1951 (Australia) See more »

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Amante e infiel See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All the characters and their names in this picture are fictitious and no reference is made or intended to any actual person living or dead. See more »

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The penknife has the words NE Steel and Chief Insp. Sullivan says the penknife was made at a factory called North England Steel Works, but the painted sign of the factory has North England Iron Works. See more »

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Leslie Scott: What do you think?
Pound: 6 to 4 an acquittal.
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Pound: Circumstantial evidence old boy. Juries won't have it. They don't like it and they don't trust it.
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Somewhat bizarre for a couple of reasons
3 September 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer star in the British "The Long Dark Hall," from 1951.

Harrison plays Arthur Groome, who stands trial for the murder of a showgirl, played by Patricia Wayne. Actually, the person who did it is a man who has killed before (Anthony Dawson), which we see in the beginning. However, thanks to some circumstantial evidence, Groome, who was involved with Rose, stands accused.

His wife Mary (Palmer) knows he couldn't have killed the woman, no matter what, and stands by him.

This evidently was an attempt to cash in on the suicide of Carole Landis in 1948. As the story goes, Harrison, who was married to Palmer at the time, refused to divorce her and marry Landis, which is said to have driven Landis to suicide. She left two suicide notes, one of which was for Harrison, and Harrison destroyed it and claimed he knew no reason for her suicide. This was long ago, and I imagine many stories have sprung up and been embellished, so it's hard to know what happened. It is known that Landis knew by 1948 that she wasn't going to have the career she wanted; she was 29, and by the time you were a female aged 30 in Hollywood, you were done playing the kind of role she did. Palmer stood by Harrison during the scandal and attended Landis' funeral with him.

Now, why these two would have agreed to do this film is beyond even my wild imagination, except both of them might have been trying to prove something.

It's an okay movie with one problem. We are taken through the criminal's first murder and his murder of Rose; the arrest of Arthur; the trial; the testimony; his alibi witness guilty for not coming forward; the verdict. And then, one minute before the film ends, we are told the whole rest of the story. It seemed a little abrupt to me, as if the money ran out or something.

The acting is very good, Harrison a great pro and Palmer, lovely and elegant. Though she and Harrison did not divorce until 1956, she left him in 1954 and made films in her native Germany, though she continued to make American films.


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