The Woman In White

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror, Mystery

This eerie mood piece features Greenstreet as an unscrupulous count bent on wresting a fortune away from Parker. After plotting to marry her off to his partner in crime, Emery, Greenstreet works on the woman's twin sister (Parker in a dual role) by having the sibling committed to an insane asylum. The sister escapes and appears in white garb, a seeming...read more

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This eerie mood piece features Greenstreet as an unscrupulous count bent on wresting a fortune away from Parker. After plotting to marry her off to his partner in crime, Emery, Greenstreet works on the woman's twin sister (Parker in a dual role) by having the sibling committed to an insane

asylum. The sister escapes and appears in white garb, a seeming ghostly apparition, trying to warn Parker of the evil doings. Young is an artist who also helps rescue Parker from Greenstreet's clutches. After Greenstreet's plans are foiled, Greenstreet's mad wife Moorehead goes completely over the

edge and murders her portly spouse. Based on an 1860 gothic novel, this works well thanks to Greenstreet's ultravillainous histrionics. He is the quintessential blackguard, comical in this portrait, yet never reducing his characterization into shameless self-parody. Emery provides good support

with his evil sidekick role, while Parker handles her two parts adequately. The mysterious ambiance of the film is further enhanced by an appropriate set design and Max Steiner's excellent background music. The directional pace, however, could have been a little tighter as a whole, though many

individual scenes are striking, riveting the viewer to the screen. For a minor horror film, THE WOMAN IN WHITE is an effective entertaiment, drawing out suspense and scares from its beginning to its deadly conclusion. Wilkie Collins' novel served as a basis not only for this 1948 venture, but also

for no less than four silent film versions, in 1912, 1914 (as THE DREAM WOMAN), 1917 (as TANGLED LIVES), and 1929.

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  • Review: This eerie mood piece features Greenstreet as an unscrupulous count bent on wresting a fortune away from Parker. After plotting to marry her off to his partner in crime, Emery, Greenstreet works on the woman's twin sister (Parker in a dual role) by having… (more)

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