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The Woman in White

1948 1h 49m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Drawing instructor Walter Hartwright (Gig Young) is en route to the castle of Count Fairlie when he briefly meets a distraught woman dressed entirely in white (Eleanor Parker). Upon reaching his destination, he's shocked to discover that the girl he is to teach, Fairlie's niece Marian (Alexis Smith), is the spitting image of the woman he met. Even more strangely, house guest Count Fosco (Sydney Greenstreet) seems to know something about the lady in white that he's not telling. Read More Read Less

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Steve D Nothing new or clever but a good cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review Bill T Pretty good adaptation of this novel... There are some plusses and minuses. Plusses are Sydney Greenstreet playing a big asshole here, much against type, when I first saw him on the screen I was wondering how on earth this bumbling fool will turn out to be so mean, and he does! I did like the dramatic licenses, especially Greenstreet's motives. Not so hot on the love stories happening. The ACTUAL story itself sort of gets lost, doesn't it? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/22/23 Full Review stu b Greed, gaslighting, ghosts...and murder. When a handsome young artist arrives at the opulent Limmeridge House to teach drawing, he finds all kinds of mysterious goings-on: the wraith-like "Woman in White" he met during his travels bears an eerie resemblance to the youngest lady in the house, Laura; the girl's betrothed, an older man with sinister eyes, seems to have more on his mind--much more--than his impending marriage; and the Fairlie family's houseguest, a visiting Count, appears to be harboring some deep, dark secrets of his own. The question soon becomes: will the bad guys succeed in getting their hands on Laura's massive fortune? A terrific period piece--it's all set in mid-19th century England--with richly detailed sets, fabulous costumes, and tons of brooding atmosphere. Gig Young stars as the artist, along with Eleanor Parker as Laura, Sydney Greenstreet as the evil Count, Agnes Moorehead as his vengeful wife, and Alexis Smith as Laura's mature-beyond-her-years, level-headed cousin. Also with John Emery as the avaricious suitor and John Abbott as the film's sole source of levity, the sick and woebegone Uncle Frederick. Based on Wilkie Collins' 1860 novel "The Woman in White", long considered the father of the modern mystery. Well worth seeing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/17/21 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Drawing instructor Walter Hartwright (Gig Young) is en route to the castle of Count Fairlie when he briefly meets a distraught woman dressed entirely in white (Eleanor Parker). Upon reaching his destination, he's shocked to discover that the girl he is to teach, Fairlie's niece Marian (Alexis Smith), is the spitting image of the woman he met. Even more strangely, house guest Count Fosco (Sydney Greenstreet) seems to know something about the lady in white that he's not telling.
Director
Peter Godfrey
Producer
Henry Blanke
Screenwriter
Stephen Morehouse Avery
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Mar 8, 2016
Runtime
1h 49m