The Long Dark Hall

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  • 2008
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.2  (494)

The Long Dark Hall is a British film noir from 1951 directed by Reginald Beck and Anthony Bushell based on the novel' The Case of the Constant Suicides' by Anthony Gilbert. The film stars Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, and Tania Heald portraying the lead characters of Arthur Groome, Mary Groome, and Cynthia Barlow, respectively. The story revolves around Arthur Groome, a successful and respected barrister, who is married to Mary, a devoted wife and mother of his two children. One day, Groome receives a disturbing letter accusing him of adultery and threatening him with blackmail. Arthur, shocked and confused, denies the allegation and tries to find out the identity of the person behind it.

As he investigates the matter, Groome discovers that several other people around him are also receiving similar letters with identical handwriting. The events take a dark turn when one of the blackmail victims commits suicide, and the police begin to suspect that Arthur may have been involved in the crime.

Amidst the mounting pressure and increasing suspicion, Groome turns to Cynthia Barlow, a journalist who has been covering the case. As the two work together to find the culprit, they uncover a web of deceit and manipulation that threatens to destroy Groome's reputation and marriage.

The film is a masterclass in suspense and tension, as the audience is kept guessing until the very end about the identity of the blackmailer and their motive behind the disturbing letters. Rex Harrison delivers a nuanced and subtle performance as Groome, portraying the character's inner turmoil and desperation with great finesse. Lilli Palmer is equally impressive as Mary, portraying the character's unwavering loyalty and devotion to her husband, even in the face of looming scandal.

Tania Heald is also noteworthy in her performance as Cynthia, bringing a sense of energy and urgency to the film. The chemistry between Harrison and Palmer is palpable, and the scenes between them are handled with great sensitivity and depth.

The Long Dark Hall is a film that masterfully combines the elements of noir, mystery, and psychological drama, delivering a compelling and engaging story that is both thrilling and thought-provoking. The film is a testament to the talents of its cast and crew, and a reminder of the power of classic British cinema.

The Long Dark Hall is a 2008 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2.

The Long Dark Hall
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    1 hr 27 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (494)