Home Before Dark (film)

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This article is about the 1958 movie. For the 2008 album by Neil Diamond, see Home Before Dark.
Home Before Dark
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Produced by Mervyn LeRoy
Written by Eileen Bassing
Robert Bassing
Based on Home Before Dark 
by Eileen Bassing
Starring Jean Simmons
Dan O'Herlihy
Rhonda Fleming
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Philip W. Anderson
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
November 16, 1958
Running time
136 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.39 million[1]

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",[2] - and film critic Philip French believed it contained 'perhaps her finest performance.'[3]


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-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.



Home Before Dark was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on July 8, 2011 via its Warner Archive MOD DVD service.


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