WriterOsbert Sitwell, Brock Williams Release date1945 (1945) CastMargaret Lockwood (Annette Allenby), James Mason (Henry Smedhurst), Barbara Mullen (Emilie Smedhurst), Dennis Price (Dr. Robert Selbie), Helen Haye (Florence Manning-Tutthorn), Michael Shepley (Alistair Manning-Tutthorn) Similar moviesDon't Be Afraid of the Dark, Clue, Burnt Offerings, Darker Than Night, The Beast with Five Fingers, And Now The Screaming Starts
Henry (James Mason) and Emilie Smedhurst (Barbara Mullen) are an older couple who have been successful in business and are nearing retirement. They buy a dilapidated mansion that has been vacant for 40 years, intending to renovate. However, soon after the Smedhursts move in, they hear that the house is haunted. They dismiss the theory until their young guest, Annette Allenby (Margaret Lockwood), is possessed by the spirit of a murdered invalid on an eternal quest for retribution.
A Place of Ones Own (1945) is a British film directed by Bernard Knowles. An atmospheric ghost story based on the novel by Osbert Sitwell, it stars James Mason, Barbara Mullen, Margaret Lockwood, Dennis Price and Dulcie Gray. Mason and Mullen are artificially aged to play the old couple. It was one of the cycle of Gainsborough Melodramas.
An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the spirit of another girl, a wealthy woman who had once lived in the house but who had been murdered there.
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Mr and Mrs Smedhurst (James Mason and Barbara Mullen) are a business couple wanting to retire. They find a mansion in the country, Bellingham House, at a bargain price. They move in along with their servants and soon learn the house is supposedly haunted – but Mr Smedhurst in particular is sceptical of the paranormal myth. They invite a young companion, Annette (Margaret Lockwood), to join them but within days of arriving she steadily begins hearing strange voices. The new owners learn that a young invalid girl was believed to have been murdered 40 years previously in the house – and their preconceptions of the supernatural are challenged.
When the spirit of the murdered girl possesses Annette, her health declines drastically and soon she’s at deaths door. A young doctor, Dr Selbie (Dennis Price), has fallen deeply in love with Annette and attempts to cure her but to no avail. In a state of delirium, Annette calls for old Dr Marsham (Ernest Thesiger), the GP who had attended to the dead girl 40 years earlier.
James Mason and Margaret Lockwood appear in A Place of Ones Own and The Man in Grey. Margaret Lockwood appears in A Place of Ones Own and Night Train to Munich. Haunted (1995). James Mason and Margaret Lockwood appear in A Place of Ones Own and The Wicked Lady. The Skeptic (2009).