A Woman's Vengeance

Synopsis: Country squire Henry Maurier is patient with his wife Emily, a neurotic invalid, but her brother surprises Henry with his young mistress Doris. The same night, Emily dies of her chronic heart disease, and Henry promptly marries Doris, to the chagrin of neighbor Janet Spence, who loves him. When a post-mortem shows that Emily's death was precipitated by arsenic, Henry is placed on trial for his life. But is he guilty?
Director(s): Zoltan Korda
Production: Universal Pictures
96 min

Oh. You are here, are you.

Emily, you promised ..

Now clear out.

- Don't be hard on him, Henry.

You're the one who is hard on him.

You treat your brother like

an irresponsible halfwit.

And then you are surprised

when he behaves like one.

Goodbye, Henry.

I shan't forget what you've done for me.

You've been so unkind to him,

and the poor boy is in such difficulty.

Entirely through his own fault.

I sometimes think he's the only person

in the world who still cares for me.

He was saying such sweet things

to me before you came in.

As the cheque.


Oh how can you?

- I'm sorry, my dear.

Now .. is this for the chemist?

You never say anything nice to me.

Because you don't feel it.

You hate me, really.

- Now Emily, please.

No, you don't even hate me.

That would be too much trouble.

You are just bored. Bored and

disgusted because I'm ill.

Because of this.

- Must we go through this again?

You can't bear to be near me.

It's why you won't come out with me.

My dear, I told you. I am too busy.

Too busy. You're never

busier than Robert is.

Robert has offered

to take me in his car.

But you can't go by car.

It's much too tiring.

It isn't a question of being tired.

It's a question of being with

someone who cares for you.

You mean, who cares for your money.

- Well, I don't care if he does!

At least he doesn't wish I were dead,

which is what you do. - Emily!

Henry, surely you can't deny it.

You do wish I were dead.

Oh, I certainly shall if you

go on much longer like this.

Oh, I'm sorry.

- No, no. Come in and listen.

He's just said it in so many

words. He wishes I were dead.

Where are you going?

He's forgotten Janet's birthday

presents. Go after him will you.


The complete set.

And so beautifully bound.

Hello, General.

Look, father.

Oh thank you, Henry.

- I'm so happy you like it.

I can't make head or tail of it.

Show me the thing Emily gave you.

Isn't it lovely?

They spoil me. I don't deserve it.

You deserve everything you get.

That's a fact, Maurier.

Spending your life looking after

a wretched old crock like me.

Father, please.

Sacrificing herself, when

she ought to get married.

I'm not worth it.

I ought to be dead.

Making everybody's life a burden.

Now this girl of ours

is going to leave us.

Don't worry about it, father.

It will be alright.

Very pretty.

What news of Emily?

That's what I came to talk you about.

Will you do us both a charity?

And come to lunch with us tomorrow?

I'd love to.

But why is it a charity?

- Blessed are the peacemakers, and ..

We are in need of a peacemaker.

What's it all about?

- The usual thing.

What, women?

- Father, please.

In this case it happens to

have been something else.

Alright, take me out, nurse.

Time to go and feed the dogs.

I began it I'm afraid by

objecting to her brother.

That made Emily object to me. Violently.

After which we both lost our tempers.

Utterly senseless of course,

but then such is life unfortunately.

It needn't be.

- No, I suppose not.

If I were a little less impatient.

And Emily could be more understanding.

Then each of us would be somebody

else and we'd live happily ever after.


Do you think that a woman who has been

married for the best part of 20 years ..

Would come to share her

husband's tastes, wouldn't you?

Why yes, of course.

- Well.

The first time I showed Emily a modern

painting she said it make her feel sick.

That was when we were engaged.

Now, the last time I showed her one,

which was about three days ago.

It still made her feel sick.

That's what you call

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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College at the University of Oxford with a first-class honours degree in English literature. The author of nearly fifty books, Huxley was best known for his novels (among them Brave New World, set in a dystopian future); for nonfiction works, such as The Doors of Perception, in which he recalls his experiences taking psychedelic drugs; and for his wide-ranging essays. Early in his career, Huxley published short stories and poetry, and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry. He went on to publish travel writing, film stories, satire, and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.Huxley was a humanist and pacifist. He became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, and in particular universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times. In 1962, a year before he died, Huxley was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. more…

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