The Upturned Glass

  • 1947
  • 1 HR 27 MIN
  • NR
  • Crime

A bad title didn't help the screenplay of this heavy drama, which was cowritten by Mason's wife, who used her maiden name of Kellino in both her writing and her screen acting credits. Mason is a successful brain surgeon who falls madly in love with John, a married woman. He has saved John's daughter, Stephens, from blindness with his brilliant surgery....read more

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A bad title didn't help the screenplay of this heavy drama, which was cowritten by Mason's wife, who used her maiden name of Kellino in both her writing and her screen acting credits. Mason is a successful brain surgeon who falls madly in love with John, a married woman. He has saved

John's daughter, Stephens, from blindness with his brilliant surgery. John's husband is conveniently traveling on the continent, while Mason is looked after by his sister-in-law, Kellino, a widow who is jealous of his attentions to John. Mason and John realize they can't be together and elect to

part so John can raise her daughter with no fear of impropriety being attached to her life. Then John dies mysteriously, having fallen from a window. Mason suspects that she may have been killed by Kellino and he sets out to prove his intuition by wooing Kellino and gaining her confidence. Once

that's done, Mason takes Kellino to the same room in the same house from which John fell. Then he tosses Kellino out the window to her death, thinking he's committed the perfect crime, since nobody has seen the two together. Mason stuffs Kellino's body in his car and is on his way to get rid of it

when he runs into a fog bank and is stopped by another doctor, O'Rorke, who asks him to help take care of a child who has been hurt in a car accident caused by the thick weather. Mason can't decide what to do. If he leaves the area, the child may die. If he stays, Kellino's body may be discovered.

The Hippocratic oath wins out and he remains to save the life of the little girl. O'Rorke (who died right after finishing this film) sees the body and accuses Mason of being insane. Mason, who more or less agrees, races off and kills himself by leaping off a cliff. The first part of the story is

told in flashback by Mason, who boldly outlines the coming crime while relating the story of a nameless surgeon to his class of students. Everyone underplays to the point of somnambulism, with the exception of Kellino, who emotes so loudly that she seems to be in a different movie. Mason

coproduced with the brother-sister team of Sydney and Betty Box (credited as associate producer). Sydney Box had also made THE SEVENTH VEIL, and the two would go on to oversee many films together and apart, including DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE; THE BROTHERS; QUARTET; THE PRISONER; and many more. Sydney

Box's wife, Muriel, wrote THE SEVENTH VEIL and later became a director, her credits including THE HAPPY FAMILY and RATTLE OF A SIMPLE MAN.

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