Synopsis: The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): David Lean
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

In this great city of Glasgow,

there's a square...

...Blythswood Square.

There's nothing very remarkable

about its appearance,

and very little except for the solid,

well-built Victorian Houses

to suggest its earlier prosperity.

But there is one house in this square

which is exceptional

for it has an interest

which time can never change.

Number seven, which still remains,

was the home of Madeleine Smith.

Her strange, romantic story has survived

the elegance of the house she lived in,

and perhaps her spirit still remains

to listen for the ghostly footsteps

of Emile L'Angelier across the area,

or to listen for the tap of his stick on

the railing outside her bedroom window.

The story of this house is the story of two

human beings and what became of them.


- Yes, Mama?

Come, we're going in.

- It has a good lock?

- Oh, yes, sir, the best.

The ladies should be careful, sir.

I fear there is much dust.

You hear that, Janet? Keep close to Mama.

- This is the hall.

- So I had divined.

Well, it has solidity.

How many bedrooms are there?

There are three principal bedrooms, sir.

Two on this floor and one

very commodious room in the basement.

Here is the drawing room.

Open the door. The handle looks dusty.

There, my dear.


Yes, you were right, my dear

It is dignified.

Dirty, but dignified.

I grasp essentials quickly, my dear.

- Isn't it exciting?

- (Laughs)

Well, Madeleine, what do you think of it?

I like it. I like this room very much.

Oh, Mama, look at the bars on the window.

Come along. Come and look at the kitchen.

I think we should take this house, Mama.

What was that?

Nothing at all. Go to sleep, Janet.

I'm going to open the window

and leave you now.

You haven't finished telling me

what happened to the prince.

He went far away across the sea...

and never came back again.

Oh, poor prince.

Get into bed!

- You haven't kissed me good night.

- Now, this is the last time.

(Doorbell rings)

- There's Mr. Minnoch.

- Who is Mr. Minnoch?

- You know who Mr. Minnoch is.

- He gave you a top last year.

- Has he come to dinner?

Papa has asked him.

He's been away for a time.

Will he have brought me another present

this time?

Don't be greedy.

- Good evening, Christina.

- Good evening, sir.

- I'm not late, I hope.

- Oh, no, sir.


And how do you like your new home?

We all like it, sir. Very much.

Miss Madeleine.

- Good evening, Mr. Minnoch.

- What a pleasure to see you.

- It seems a long time.

- It is.

Your stay in the south was

agreeable, I hope.

I missed my friends.

- I've brought these as an offering.

- How exceedingly kind of you.

Mama will love them.

Papa, here is Mr. Minnoch.

(Woman singing inside the house)

# Dis-moi que je n'ai rien perdu

# De ta tendresse

# Quand je suis assez jaloux

# Et sans flchir, sans courroux

# La fiert

# Renait dans mon ame

# Je ne suis

# Qu'une faible femme

# Mais dis-moi

# Qu'a tout jamais

# Dis-moi tu m'aimes

# Toujours, toujours

- Bravo.

- Delightful.

In spite of my clumsiness with the pages.

I was clumsy.

I sang many wrong notes, I'm sure.


I've never heard you sing in French before.

Have you not, Mama?

Sing the one about the spinning wheel

and the little dog.

Pray, excuse me, Mama,

I'm so out of practice it must be tedious.

Oh, that it is not, Miss Madeleine,

but we must not tire you.

Indeed, I must take my leave.

(Church bell rings)

Good night, ma'am. My warmest thanks.

I feel now that I am truly home.

You were most welcome, Mr. Minnoch.

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Nicholas Phipps

Nicholas Phipps (23 June 1913 – 11 April 1980) was a British actor and screenwriter who appeared in more than thirty films during a career that lasted between 1938 and 1970. He was born in London in 1913. He appeared mainly in British comedy films, often specialising in playing military figures. He was also an occasional screenwriter, sometimes working on the script for films in which he acted. Best known for his collaborations with Herbert Wilcox and Ralph Thomas, Phipps wrote some of the most popular British films of all time, including Spring in Park Lane (1948) and Doctor in the House (1954). He retired from acting in 1970.His script for the 1954 film Doctor in the House was nominated for a BAFTA. more…

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