Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Upturned Glass 1947

     Dr. Michael Joyce is a prominent neurosurgeon and he operates on Ann Wright.  Ann is a young girl with an object in her brain pressing on the optic nerve.  She must have surgery or she will be permanently blind and she is already loosing her eyesight.  Emma Wright is her mother and she is very worried about Ann and also about the surgery.  Michael and Emma Wright form a friendship after the successful surgery.  Michael is separated from his wife and Emma’s husband is often away for lengthy business trips.  Michael often lectures at a medical school on the psychology of crime.  Usually his focus is on abnormal psychology but his latest lecture is on the sane criminal.
     There is a lot of tension in this film.  It’s in black and white, very straight laced with British conservatism and strict social behavior.  James Mason is a mystery and you don't know what he will do next?  The father of Ann Wright is talked about but never shown?  I thought this was very believable and interesting.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

90 min, Crime directed by Lawrence Huntington with James Mason, Rosamund John, Pamela Kellino Mason, Ann Stephens, Morland Graham, Brefni O’Rorke, Henry Oscar, Jane Hylton, Sheila Huntington, Susan Shaw, Peter Cotes, Nuna Davey, Judith Carol.

Note:  Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 50% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 14 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed at Gainsborough Studios, Islington, and Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, England, UK.  James Mason plays Dr. Michael Joyce and he was born in May of 1909 and he died in July of 1984.  He started acting in 1935 and his career lasted until posthumous releases of 1985.  James Mason produced this film and he is married to Pamela Kellino Mason, she has the role of Kate Howard, Ann Wright's sister-in-law.

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