The Woman in Black

Synopsis: When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Herbert Wise
  4 nominations.
100 min

One and six, how's that?

- Have you seen it, Mr Kidd?

- What's that?

The new Charlie Chaplin. The Gold Rush.

He eats his boots.

Here, get it entered up.

How did we do?

Six guilty, two got off.

- Indecent exposure?

- He got a month.

Ahh sixpence.

He was on a bicycle.

Come on, you two, break it up.

- What's that?

- Can't you guess, Mr Kidd?

It's him?

Oh my God, not again!

Mr Girdler sit down, sit down.

Look, I'm sorry, things have

been very slow

Have you got anywhere?

I'm doing all I can, believe me.

It just takes time.

- Time! It's bloody years.

- Getting it changed, that's the hard part.

Once you're on a war pension,

things are very

They don't bloody care!

It's not that.

Do you bloody care?

Yes of course I care!

Mr Kidd, your presence is requested.



Mr Girdler, as soon as

there's any news

- Do you think there will be?

- Yes. I'll see to it.

Now I've got to leave you.

Thank you.

You wanted me, sir?

Who is this person with the appalling

sniff? A client of yours?

- Yes. He was gassed.

- What?

In the trenches. He was

in a gas attack,

and he can't help it, it got worse.

I am trying to get him more money.

Sit down, Mr Kidd.

Do you see yourself as having a future

with this practice?

A partnership, perhaps, ultimately?

I hope so, sir.

Then, sir, you must learn

to take yourself seriously.

I've watched you chattering with

the junior clerks. That won't do.

I didn't realise

- You must cultivate authority.

- I know.

Take a look at yourself. What's that

on your sleeve, there?

That was the baby last night. I thought

she sponged that off My wife, that is.

Mr Kidd.

To have saddled yourself

with a wife and family

at this stage in your career... You

know my opinion. I shan't repeat it.

But now, now I have to trust you

with an important assignment.


Be assured I'd have dealt with it

myself but for other commitments.

- What is it?

- You know the Drablow estate?

Well I heard of it.

It's been my personal concern, of course.

With this firm for half a century.

Mr Drablow was a China trader.

He died out East, many years ago, and

we've looked after things ever since.

Now his widow has just

passed away, aged 72.

- Now, I want you to attend the funeral.

- Of course.

The day after tomorrow.

Where will it be?

- Ah!

- In London?

No, it's at a place called

Crythin Gifford,

a little market town on the coast.

You'll go by train, of course.

I understand.

No, you don't. Not yet.

You are to stay on and clear things up.

Sort out Mrs Drablow's effects

and any documents,

retrieve all private papers,

whatever they may be,

wherever they may be

and put the house up for sale.

It should take you about a week.

A week?

If you apply yourself.

Wouldn't it be better if you yourself

If I what?

I mean, you know all this

- Nothing to do with

- I simply don't

- I can't!

- I mean, if I

Mr Kidd. I've told you

I can't! I'm needed here.

You can manage.

Just remember that you

represent this firm.

And for the Lord's sake tidy

yourself up.

Oh, there, there now

Hello, Mr Kidd.

How are you Bessie?

What a to-do! Just listen to her.

Here's Daddy. You can tell him

all about it. Eddie's been brave.

Hello. What happened?

It's all over now. Give her to me.

Bessie pushed me.

- I did not!

- She did.

It was that naughty wash tub

that bumped poor Eddie.

Finish the nappies. Through

the mangle twice now.

Eddie, let Daddy get his

coat off, there's a good boy.

Now then. Stand up.

- It's quite a cut.

- Eddie had iodine on it.


Come here. I wonder if I've got

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Nigel Kneale

Thomas Nigel Kneale (18 April 1922 – 29 October 2006) was a British screenwriter. He wrote professionally for more than 50 years, was a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and was twice nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay. In 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. Predominantly a writer of thrillers that used science-fiction and horror elements, he was best known for the creation of the character Professor Bernard Quatermass. Quatermass was a heroic scientist who appeared in various television, film and radio productions written by Kneale for the BBC, Hammer Film Productions and Thames Television between 1953 and 1996. Kneale wrote original scripts and successfully adapted works by writers such as George Orwell, John Osborne, H. G. Wells and Susan Hill. He was most active in television, joining BBC Television in 1951; his final script was transmitted on ITV in 1997. Kneale wrote well-received television dramas such as The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) and The Stone Tape (1972) in addition to the Quatermass serials. He has been described as "one of the most influential writers of the 20th century," and as "having invented popular TV." more…

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