Kind Lady

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"Broadway's dramatic thunderbolt!"
  • 1951
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 7.1  (1,116)

Kind Lady is a 1951 American film directed by John Sturges and starring Ethel Barrymore, Maurice Evans, and Angela Lansbury. The movie is based on a play by Edward Chodorov and tells the story of Mary Herries (Ethel Barrymore), an elderly and wealthy art collector who is manipulated and imprisoned by a group of con artists led by the charming and sophisticated artist Henry Abbott (Maurice Evans).

Mary Herries is a kind and generous woman who is passionate about art and dedicated to helping young artists. She lives alone in a large house in London, surrounded by valuable paintings, sculptures, and antiques. One day, she meets Henry Abbott, a talented artist who is looking for a patron to support his career. Mary is immediately charmed by Henry's charisma and talent, and invites him to her home to see her art collection.

It soon becomes clear that Henry and his accomplices - his wife Ada (Angela Lansbury) and their associates, Johnny (John Williams) and Freda (Keenan Wynn) - have ulterior motives. They are not interested in Mary's art collection, but in her money. They begin to manipulate her, isolating her from the outside world and controlling her every move.

As the days go by, Mary becomes more and more dependent on Henry and his group. They take over her house, cut off her communication with the outside world, and even drug her to keep her under control. Mary's nephew, Mr. Foster (Phil Tead), senses that something is wrong and tries to visit her, but Henry and his gang convince Mary that he is crazy and dangerous.

Despite their efforts, Mary starts to become suspicious of Henry and his true intentions. She tries to escape, but is caught and punished severely. As the story unfolds, Mary becomes more determined to free herself from her captors, and a dramatic climax ensues.

Kind Lady is a suspenseful movie that explores themes of manipulation, greed, and power. Ethel Barrymore delivers a powerful performance as Mary Herries, embodying the kindness, vulnerability, and strength of the character. Maurice Evans is equally convincing as the charming and sinister Henry Abbott, while Angela Lansbury shines in her role as Ada, the conniving and manipulative wife.

The film also features stunning art direction and cinematography, with elaborate sets and beautiful lighting creating a sense of claustrophobia and darkness. The music score, composed by David Raksin, adds to the tension and suspense of the film.

Overall, Kind Lady is a gripping and engaging movie that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout. It is a tribute to the talent of the actors and the director, and a testament to the enduring power of the story. Whether you are a fan of suspenseful thrillers or classic movies, Kind Lady is a must-see.

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    1 hr 18 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,116)