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***** PLEASE RELEASE THIS ON DVD*****
This is such a great film! Please release it on DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe a Greenstreet collection or Gothic mystery collection!
The Movie in Mediocrity
I was really excited to be able to watch this film. I really like Alexis Smith and Eleanor Parker and this seemed just like my kind of movie. I have to admit though at some point I found myself getting restless. I made myself sit and watch but it kept increasing to the point I wanted to just read the synopsis to find out what happened. I can't put my finger on what exactly was wrong with it ( maybe it was just me ). I thought it was acted well enough, the story seemed interesting, but for whatever reason it just seemed ho-hum. There was some suspense in wondering what was really going on, just not enough to take it to the next level.
A Melodramatic Classic
This production of 'Woman in White' has good material and fine performers. It is an interwoven mystery that is somewhat slow moving and melodramatically presented. That's too bad. It could have been much more effectively done under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock.
- Mr Greenstreet
A lost classic
- Jack Frymire
Few Hollywood movies in the Gothic genre rival this one--its elegant, literate writing; fluid, graceful direction (by the vastly underrated Peter Godfrey); flawless casting, and moody atmosphere. Sydney Greenstreet is at his charming but menacing best; Gig Young and Alexis Smith are models of romantic decorum. But the title role (though not the lead) is in the hands of one of Hollywood's most gifted, but underrated and frequently miscast actresses: Eleanor Parker. She had an incomparable flair for period drama--unblemished beauty, dulcet voice, impeccable diction, balletic grace, big-time glamor--but she was almost always just a touch too classy for her surroundings, squandered in unworthy vehicles. Her comic soubrette performance in "Scaramouche" is peerless. Then there's this gem, one of the few movies that show her to advantage. It's maddening that Turner Classic Movies continues to withhold it. What's the story?
The Woman in White (1948)
- James Higgins
What a peculiar film. It's a bit of a fantasy mystery, with some romance and drama thrown in, as well as spme thriller elements. The plot is very complex, with numerous subplots. Eleanor Parker plays an ethereal character and is the woman in white of the title. Gig Young plays an artist who on various occasions comes across the title character. He is hired to tutor a young woman at an eerie country estate, which has a strange array of residents. There are hidden secrets in the house....good costumes, the acting is a bit stagy and heavy. Fine score. A bit too talking and slow moving.
- Jarrod McDonald
I know there are people who really enjoy this classic version, and I like it too, but I felt that this could've been an even better film. It is as if the picture is filled with second-rate A-listers. I think it could've been a real masterpiece if it had been cast as follows: Joan Fontaine as Laura/Anne; Olivia DeHavilland as Marion; and Robert Taylor as Walter. As it is, we have Eleanor Parker in the dual role, and she isn't terrible (I prefer her social realism dramas of the 50s & 60s, such as Caged and Home from the Hill). We also have Alexis Smith in the role of Marion, and I think she's better in frothy comedies and musicals or westerns. Then, there's Gig Young as the tutor who seems to be very wooden with his performance (he is much more relaxed playing off Errol Flynn and Ida Lupino in Escape Me Never). But what I do think is correct in this film's casting are the supporting roles. Sydney Greenstreet is perfectly creepy as the count; and Agnes Moorhead steals the show as his tragic wife, the countess. In fact, aside from her bit part in Citizen Kane and an Oscar-nominated role in Mrs. Parkington, I think this is probably Aggie's greatest performance in a feature film. The actor who plays the nervous uncle is also very good and gives the film moments of delicious camp. The difference with these types of supporting players is that they are not looking to be the stars of a picture, but at the same time, they are not turning in a hollow performance. Especially Moorhead who seems to really prepare for her roles and brings a level of dignity and deep meaning to a film, even in a limited number of scenes (Jane Eyre is another example of her ability in a stand-out minor role.)
Play this again!
This movie has it all - great ambience, romance, suspense and a great cast. Immediately one feels that something is going to happen to the artist who is making his way to his new employer's home. Because he missed his connection, the employer's carriage is no longer there and though it is dark the artist decides to make the journey on foot with a local's directions. He encounters the mysterious woman in white before reaching the house and then the suspense starts! This one has to be shown again.
A great movie
I once saw an English version (more modern) of this movie that was 5 hours longs. I think this one was much better. I would like to see it again. It kept me interested and intrigued. It's a lost gem. I didn't even know the version that I saw was a re-make. I wish I could purchase this movie. Thank you TCM for showing it.
Finally back on!
- Vintage Girl
TCM ran this movie about 4 or 5 year's ago and hasn't been on since! Awesome cast, Sydney Greenstreet is sooo creepy! Eleanor Parker enchanting!Based on Wilkie Collin's story (a contempory) of Charles Dickens. Haunting score, eerie backdrop, wonderful and mysterious. Great film to watch on a cold rainy night with a cup of tea or glass of sherry! I'm so glad it's on again, I wish they would release this on DVD. THANKS FOR SHOWING IT AGAIN!
- Tony Moses
Remember seeing this movie over 20years ago and what a great mystery great cast need to be shown.