Home Before Dark (film)
|Home Before Dark|
|Directed by||Mervyn LeRoy|
|Produced by||Mervyn LeRoy|
|Written by||Eileen Bassing
|Based on||Home Before Dark
by Eileen Bassing
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
|Music by||Franz Waxman|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Philip W. Anderson|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|November 16, 1958|
Home Before Dark is a 1958 Warner Brothers film, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Jean Simmons, Dan O'Herlihy, Rhonda Fleming and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.. The screenplay was written by Eileen and Robert Bassing, based on the novel by Eileen Bassing. The title song was written by Sammy Cahn with music by Jimmy McHugh. The film, and Simmons' performance in particular, attracted positive critical comment. Pauline Kael: "Jean Simmons gives a reserved, beautifully modulated performance", - and film critic Philip French believed it contained 'perhaps her finest performance.'
Portrait of a mind and marriage at a crisis point: Charlotte Bronn (Jean Simmons) leaves the Maraneck State Hospital mental institution, after a year, to resume her life in a chilly relationship with her distant and emotionally repressed professor husband (Dan O'Herlihy), in her home, where they all live with Charlotte's step-sister Joan (Rhonda Fleming) and Joan's mother, the scattered chatterer Inez (Mabel Albertson). Arnold avoids Charlotte, sleeping on the couch instead of in their bed, and avoiding her company with a multitude of excuses. Part of Charlotte's commitment to the mental facility hinged on her continuing suspicions of an attraction between her husband and her beautiful half-sister. On the night of a dinner with important faculty, dressed and coiffed to resemble Joan, she appears to be headed toward another breakdown, but finally hears the truth about his feelings from her husband. In an anti-anti-Semitic subplot, a Jewish philosophy professor, Jake Diamond (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), a boarder in their home, offers his compassionate support. But there seems to be little he can do.
- Jean Simmons - Charlotte Bronn
- Dan O'Herlihy - Arnold Bronn
- Rhonda Fleming - Joan Carlisle
- Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - Jacob "Jake" Diamond
- Mabel Albertson - Inez Winthrop
- Steve Dunne - Hamilton Gregory
- Joanna Barnes - Frances Barrett
- Joan Weldon - Cathy Bergner
- Kathryn Card - Mattie
- Marjorie Bennett - Hazel Evans
- Eleanor Audley - Mrs. Hathaway
- Johnstone White - Malcolm Southey
Home Before Dark was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on July 8th, 2011 via its Warner Archive MOD DVD service.