The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)

99-100 mins | Drama | 24 May 1947

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writer:

Thomas Job

Producer:

Mark Hellinger

Cinematographer:

Peverell Marley

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to an 8 Jun 1944 HR news item, Warner Bros. bid $225,000 for the Martin Vale play. An undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library reports that Paul Henreid was to star with Barbara Stanwyck. Director Peter Godfrey plays a bit as a cockney bookie in the ... More Less

According to an 8 Jun 1944 HR news item, Warner Bros. bid $225,000 for the Martin Vale play. An undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library reports that Paul Henreid was to star with Barbara Stanwyck. Director Peter Godfrey plays a bit as a cockney bookie in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Mar 1947.
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Daily Variety
1-Apr-47
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Film Daily
1 Apr 47
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 45
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 45
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 47
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Apr 47
p. 3561.
New York Times
7 Apr 47
p. 20.
Variety
2 Apr 47
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Stanwyck's gowns by
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec optical eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Two Mrs. Carrolls by Martin Vale (New York, 14 Aug 1944).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 May 1947
Production Date:
late April--late June 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 May 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1020
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99-100
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While on vacation in Scotland, Sally Morton meets and falls in love with painter Geoffrey Carroll, but ends the relationship when she learns that he has an invalid wife and a daughter. In London, Geoffrey, using a pseudonym, buys a supply of poison from pharmacist Horace Blagdon. He then sends his young daughter Beatrice away to school and takes over the nursing duties. Two years after the death of Geoffrey's wife, he and Sally have been married a year and live outside London with Bea. Geoffrey's portrait of his first wife as "Death" is superb, but Geoffrey currently faces difficulties in the studio and is irritated when Charles "Penny" Pennington, Sally's former fiancé visits with wealthy Mrs. Latham and her attractive daughter Cecily. Cecily greatly admires Geoffrey's recent one-man show and wants him to paint her portrait. At first Geoffrey gruffly turns her down, but later, because he needs the money to pay Blagdon's blackmail demands, agrees to do the work and begins an affair with Cecily. When Sally later becomes ill, the alcoholic Dr. Tuttle attributes her symptoms to a nervous disorder. One afternoon, Cecily invites Geoffrey to come to Rio de Janeiro with her, and he asks her to wait until Sally recovers from her illness. Geoffrey again plans to send Bea to a prestigious boarding school, but asks her not to tell Sally. Later, despite her weakness, Sally prepares a small dinner party for the Lathams and Penny. She asks to see Geoffrey's new painting, but he angrily refuses to let her near the studio. He is also miffed that Penny will be at dinner. ... +


While on vacation in Scotland, Sally Morton meets and falls in love with painter Geoffrey Carroll, but ends the relationship when she learns that he has an invalid wife and a daughter. In London, Geoffrey, using a pseudonym, buys a supply of poison from pharmacist Horace Blagdon. He then sends his young daughter Beatrice away to school and takes over the nursing duties. Two years after the death of Geoffrey's wife, he and Sally have been married a year and live outside London with Bea. Geoffrey's portrait of his first wife as "Death" is superb, but Geoffrey currently faces difficulties in the studio and is irritated when Charles "Penny" Pennington, Sally's former fiancé visits with wealthy Mrs. Latham and her attractive daughter Cecily. Cecily greatly admires Geoffrey's recent one-man show and wants him to paint her portrait. At first Geoffrey gruffly turns her down, but later, because he needs the money to pay Blagdon's blackmail demands, agrees to do the work and begins an affair with Cecily. When Sally later becomes ill, the alcoholic Dr. Tuttle attributes her symptoms to a nervous disorder. One afternoon, Cecily invites Geoffrey to come to Rio de Janeiro with her, and he asks her to wait until Sally recovers from her illness. Geoffrey again plans to send Bea to a prestigious boarding school, but asks her not to tell Sally. Later, despite her weakness, Sally prepares a small dinner party for the Lathams and Penny. She asks to see Geoffrey's new painting, but he angrily refuses to let her near the studio. He is also miffed that Penny will be at dinner. Geoffrey then travels to London to meet Blagdon, who has demanded another payment, after lying to both Bea and Sally about the purpose of the trip. While he is gone, Sally, who has long suspected his affair with Cecily, finds a rose that she dropped on her afternoon visit. When Sally finds Bea packing for school, she questions the girl and learns that she was also suddenly sent to school before her mother died. To Sally's surprise, Bea tells her that her mother was not an invalid, but became sick with the same symptoms Sally now displays after Geoffrey returned from Scotland. When Bea then reveals that Blagdon is a chemist, Sally suddenly suspects that Geoffrey is trying to kill her. With Bea's help, she sneaks a look at the portrait Geoffrey is painting of her and is so shocked by the horrible image that she faints. Penny is concerned by Sally's fainting spell, believing it may have been caused by anxiety over a strangler who has been seen in the neighborhood, but she reveals nothing to her friend. Geoffrey returns after dinner, having killed Blagdon, and covertly tells Cecily that he will go with her to Rio. After the maid, Christine, leaves to drive Bea to school, Sally asks Geoffrey some pointed questions. Surprised by her changed manner, he offers to get her evening glass of milk. Sally secretly throws the milk out the window and retires to her bedroom, taking a gun that Penny loaned her. Later, Geoffrey sees the spilt milk on the window sill and realizes that Sally suspects him. He decides to make her murder seem like the work of the strangler and breaks into her bedroom. A terrified Sally manages to call Penny, but Geoffrey cuts the phone line before she can tell him what is happening. Geoffrey explains that Sally's death would help his work live again, just as the death of his first wife did. Sally holds Geoffrey at bay with the gun until Penny arrives with the police. Despite the presence of the men outside Sally's bedroom door, Geoffrey starts to choke her, but finally stops, just as the police break through the door. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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