|KIND LADY (director: John Sturges; screenwriters: Jerry Davis/Edward Chodoroy/Charles Bennett/ based on the play by Edward Chodoroy/from a story by Hugh Walpole; cinematographer: Joseph Ruttenberg; editor: Ferris Webster; music: David Raksin; cast: Ethel Barrymore (Mary Herries), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Edwards), Maurice Evans (Henry Springer Elcott), Keenan Wynn (Edwards), Betsy Blair ( Ada Elcott), John Williams (Mr. Foster), Doris Lloyd (Rose); Runtime: 78; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Armand Deutsch; MGM; 1951)|
|"The remake outshines the original."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmed in b/w. The creepy Edwardian costume chiller is
based on the Broadway play by Edward
Chodoroy and a story by Hugh Walpole. It was filmed
before in 1935. John Sturges ("Ice
Station Zebra"/"Bad Day at Black Rock"/"Joe Kidd")
directs this glossy above average drama with much
tension, from a screenplay by Jerry Davis, Charles
Bennett and Edward Chodoroy. The great
Ethel Barrymore stars as the elderly genteel lady of
wealth, who is preyed upon by the audacious charming
evil con artist Maurice Evans. He moves
into her house with his wife and enablers and makes
her a prisoner, while looting her art collection.
Angela Lansbury is fine as the
villainous maid, Keenan Wynn is effective as the
homicidal butler, and Betsy Blair is convincing as
Evan's pathetic wife.
The remake outshines the original. But I preferred Basil Rathbone in the original con artist role over Evans, who nevertheless made a worthy villain.
REVIEWED ON 4/1/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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