Review: ‘Britannia Mews’

Picture tells the simple story [from a novel by Margery Sharp] of a girl on the better side of the street who falls in love with a drunken art teacher in the mews. By marrying him she is ostracized by her family.

Picture tells the simple story [from a novel by Margery Sharp] of a girl on the better side of the street who falls in love with a drunken art teacher in the mews. By marrying him she is ostracized by her family.

Production is staged almost entirely in the sordid surroundings of Britannia Mews. This main setting is a triumph for the art director as it captures the grim, degrading atmosphere necessary to indicate the gradual degradation of its inhabitants.

Dana Andrews plays husbands number one and two (an out of work lawyer), and there are obvious signs of dubbing. Much of the illusion is lost by the unnecessary resemblance which arises from the playing of both roles. Maureen O’Hara inclines to be static although looking most attractive, and the only live characterization comes from Sybil Thorndike as a repulsive hag.

Britannia Mews

UK

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Jean Negulesco; Producer William Perlberg; Screenplay Ring Lardner Jr; Camera Georges Perinal, Denys Coop; Music Malcolm Arnold

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Maureen O'Hara Dana Andrews Sybil Thorndike Wilfrid Hyde White Fay Compton
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