Synopsis: Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. The inmates, however, have the last say.
Director(s): Mark Robson
Production: RKO Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

The opposition.

Not John Wilkes himself,

nor his whole Whig party...

could think of anything

as clever as that, eh, Nell?

You didn't think of it, either.

It's one and the same thing.

My friend here thought of it.

Let us say that you inspired

the thought, milord.

Do you hear that, Nell? I inspired him.

Let us say that you both inspired me.

Milord and the beloved of milord.

I think you misunderstand, Master Sims.

I am milord's protegee.

I entertain him and he has no more

freedom with me than any other man.

In any case...

if milord will but give me

the day and hour of the fete...

I will prepare a masque of madness

that will set you howling.

One week from today at the Vauxhall.

- The company assembles at 8:00.

- Thank you.

By your leave.

A merry notion.

The Lord Mayor will roll in the soup

with laughter.

A capital fellow, this Sims.

A capital fellow.

If you ask me, milord,

he's a stench in the nostrils...

a sewer of ugliness,

and a gutter brimming with slop.

But witty.

So he tells us.

Even if his wit is wanting...

his Bedlamites will set my guests roaring.

Everyone who goes to Bedlam

expires with laughter.

Why don't you go and see them, Nell?

You'll see how funny they are.

Perhaps I will.

Nice fresh toddies.

Ladies come and buy my lavender

My sweet scented lavender



Nice fresh toddies, all fresh.

Now's the time to scent your handkerchief

Ladies come and buy my lavender


Nice toddies...

Good morning, Master Sims.

There is a Quaker waiting for you, sir.

A master stonemason.

Will you have him in?


where is my rhyming lexicon?

I need a rhyme for Mortimer.

That Quaker, sir.

Whatever are you rattling on

about so, Podge?

I have an important commission.

A rhymed comedy for Milord Mortimer.

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Val Lewton

Val Lewton (May 7, 1904 – March 14, 1951) was a Russian-American novelist, film producer and screenwriter best known for a string of low-budget horror films he produced for RKO Pictures in the 1940s. His son, also named Val Lewton, was a painter and exhibition designer. more…

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