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Kind Lady (1951)

Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter ... See full summary »

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Jerry Davis (screenplay), Edward Chodorov (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethel Barrymore ... Mary Herries
Maurice Evans ... Henry Springer Elcott
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Edwards
Keenan Wynn ... Edwards
Betsy Blair ... Ada Elcott
John Williams ... Mr. Foster
Doris Lloyd ... Rose
John O'Malley John O'Malley ... Antique Dealer
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Monsieur Malaquaise
Moyna MacGill ... Mrs. Harkley
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Mr. Harkley
Sally Cooper Sally Cooper ... Lucy Weston
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Chauffeur
Sherlee Collier Sherlee Collier ... Aggie Edwards
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Dora
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Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter named Elcott, who uses his painting skill to enter into her life. Little does she expect that his only interest in Mary is to covet everything she has. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Broadway's Dramatic Thunderbolt!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bondade Fatal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Doris Lloyd who plays Rose; played Lucy in the 1935 version of this film. See more »

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Remake of Kind Lady (1935) See more »

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Edwardian Home Invasion
24 August 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the last period of her life when the First Lady of the Theater decided to join her brothers finally in Hollywood, Kind Lady was the only time Ethel Barrymore played the lead role. Parts were not readily available then and now for 72 year old leads. In addition Ethel's health was not the best. Margot Peters study of the Barrymore clan says that Ethel was not in the best of shape during the making of Kind Lady and production was halted a few times before it was completed. She was never again asked to carry a film, henceforth her parts would be supporting ones.

Her regal theatrical training stood her in good stead for the part of a genteel Edwardian widow who lives comfortably, but not ostentatiously in London at the turn of the last century. Still she's got some valuable paintings and antiques which arouse the interest of Maurice Evans.

Evans plays a ne'er do well artist who insinuates himself together with his gang in her home. They take the place of her real home staff and proceed to gradually strip the place and terrorize the old woman. Probably Ethel's real life frailties stood her in good stead in playing the part.

As for Evans he's one crafty villain, the rest of his gang consist of Keenan Wynn, Angela Lansbury, and Betsy Blair. This was Evans American screen debut. During his career Maurice Evans did not do much big screen work, preferring the stage and small screen. A lot of people consider his the best MacBeth ever done. But film audiences remember him best as Dr. Zaius in two Planet of the Apes films and television audiences know him as Samantha's father in Bewitched.

Evans and Barrymore are a well matched duo of classically trained stage performers who knew what to do in film as well. Kind Lady is well worth a look.


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