Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary’s of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries to bring support to reforming Bedlam, but the cruel Master Sims who runs it has her committed there. The inmates, however, have the last say.
Mark Robson (4 December 1913 – 20 June 1978) was a Canadian-born film editor, film director and producer in Hollywood.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, he moved to the United States at a young age. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles then found work in the prop department at 20th Century Fox studios. He eventually went to work at RKO Pictures where he began training as a film editor. In 1940 he worked as an assistant to Robert Wise on the editing of Citizen Kane in addition to several other films. Both he and Wise benefited tremendously from producer and screenwriter Val Lewton, who promoted Robson from film editor to production assistant and later as director. In 1943, at the insistence of Lewton, Robson assisted Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur in a series of low-budget horror films produced by Val Lewton, including Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie. Later, Lewton was instrumental in promoting Robson to the director’s chair for films such as The Seventh… read more
The near perfect B movie : a theme that major studios won't handle for fear of indisposing the saturday night common audience, a cult movie star like Boris Karloff who will not disappoint his fans no matter what he plays in, numerous interesting supporting roles. Highly recommended.
A handsome B-movie production from producer Val Lewton, stylishly made by director Mark Robson and cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, is not so much a horror film as an effective gothic period drama. Boris Karloff is at his oily best, and Anna Lee plays a strong counterpoint. Maybe not quite among Lewton's masterpieces, but it has a compelling moral complexity that sets it above the usual Hollywood costume drama.