The Woman in White (1948 film)

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The Woman in White
The Woman in White FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Godfrey
Produced by Henry Blanke
Screenplay by Stephen Morehouse Avery
Based on The Woman in White 
by Wilkie Collins
Starring Alexis Smith
Eleanor Parker
Sydney Greenstreet
Gig Young
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by Clarence Kolster
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • May 7, 1948 (1948-05-07) (premiere–New York)
  • May 15, 1948 (1948-05-15) (wide–United States)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Woman in White is a 1948 drama film directed by Peter Godfrey and featuring Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet, and Gig Young. The screenplay is based on Wilkie Collins' novel of the same name.[1]


Arriving at an estate in England to teach drawing to wealthy Laura Fairlie (Eleanor Parker), artist Walter Hartright (Gig Young) sees a mysterious woman in white who promptly vanishes.

Count Alesandro Fosco (Sydney Greenstreet) then arrives. He explains that the woman must have been an escapee from a nearby asylum. Walter enters the house, where he meets Laura's beautiful cousin Marian (Alexis Smith), her nurse Mrs. Vesey (Emma Dunn) and her invalid uncle, Frederick (John Abbott).

Walter is strongly attracted to Laura but she marries her fiancé, Sir Percival Glyde (John Emery). But after the wedding, her personality changes, the servants are dismissed and she fears her husband simply wants her fortune.

The long-ago vanishing of Anne Catherick (Parker) comes to Walter's attention and she is the woman in white. But she is killed and now an attempt is made to drive Laura mad, even making her believe that she is actually Anne.

Laura is imprisoned in the asylum, but escapes. Fosco is stabbed by his wife, the countess, while Walter and Marian fall in love.


- 'an extremely amusing and well characterized study comes from John Abbott (right) as the eccentric and mentally unbalanced Fairlie', Picturegoer noted [2]

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