DirectorJ. Lee Thompson Music directorLouis Levy Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateJune 1957 (1957-06) WriterTed Willis (original screenplay) Initial releaseJuly 3, 1957 (West Germany) CastSylvia Syms (Georgie Harlow), Anthony Quayle (Jim Preston), Yvonne Mitchell (Amy Preston), Andrew Ray (Brian Preston), Carole Lesley (Hilda Harper), Michael Ripper (Pawnbroker) Similar moviesThe Voyeur, All Ladies Do It, The Key, The Boy Next Door, Zandalee, The Loft
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Woman in a Dressing Gown is a 1957 British film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The film won four awards at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival including "Best Foreign Film". Yvonne Mitchell won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. The film also won the 1958 Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.
The screenplay was written by Ted Willis and the cinematographer was Gilbert Taylor. The producer was Frank Godwin.
Clip from the newly remastered woman in a dressing gown
The Prestons are an apparently happy household, made up of wife Amy (Yvonne Mitchell), husband Jim (Anthony Quayle) and teenage son Brian (Andrew Ray), living in a cramped flat on a London housing estate. Although the family appears happy, tensions soon become clear. Though she is a hardworking, breezy, loving character, Amy has always been a disorganised housewife, and finds it difficult to concentrate enough to tidy or cook properly. Jim is having an affair with a co-worker, Georgie (Sylvia Syms), who threatens to break it off unless Jim divorces his wife and leaves his family. He promises that he will do so, and eventually demands a divorce from Amy. Amy is shocked and distraught, while Brian becomes angry with his father.
Amy invites Jim and Georgie back to the Prestons' flat, to try to convince Georgie not to take her husband away. Amy gets her hair done and tries to organise a meal, paying for it all by pawning her engagement ring. However, leaving the hairdressers she is caught in the rain, ruining the hairdo. At home, after discussing the matter with a neighbour, a young unhappy wife. Amy becomes drunk and falls asleep on the bed, again ruining her plans. After a confrontation she orders Jim and Georgie out of the flat. Jim leaves, but has second thoughts, returning to his wife and son, who cautiously accept him back.
Yvonne Mitchell – Amy Preston
Anthony Quayle – Jim Preston
Sylvia Syms – Georgie Harlow
Andrew Ray – Brian Preston
Carole Lesley – Hilda
Michael Ripper – Pawnbroker
Nora Gordon – Mrs. Williams
Marianne Stone – Hairdresser
Olga Lindo – Manageress
Harry Locke – Wine merchant
Max Butterfield – Harold
Roberta Woolley – Christine
Melvyn Hayes – Newsboy
Cordelia Mitchell – Hilda's baby
The film lost money at the box office but was well received by critics.