Are you ready for another classic film? Of course you are. The film I’m taking a look at here is a drama with a supernatural feel set during World War II. It stars Mervyn Johns and Glynis Johns and its available now on Blu-ray released by Studiocanal. Let’s find out what it’s all about, so without further ado here’s my The Halfway House Blu-ray Review.
- The Halfway House (1944)
- Genre: Drama
- Directed by Basil Dearden
- Running Time: 96 mins
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By Studiocanal
- Blu-ray Released: 25 November 2019
Ten people during World War II are drawn to a remote Welsh Inn called The Halfway House. The Inn had reportedly been bombed in 1942 leaving it all but destroyed. However upon the guest’s arrival in 1943 they find it just how they remembered it. The hosts are very welcoming but everything seems a little odd such as the newspapers all dated a year ago whilst their hosts cast no shadows. What is going on?
Style / Direction
The films directed by Basil Dearden whilst Wilkie Cooper is responsible for the cinematography. Its a very well made film that has a light comedy tone mixed with some moments of drama.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Lord Berners.
Acting / Characters
The casting is simply perfect with all of the characters bringing something interesting to the table. There’s a crook that profits from the wartime black market. Meanwhile there’s a married couple that are set on divorcing. They are accompanied by their young mischievous daughter. She’s very good by the way.
Then we have the Inn owners Rhys and Gwyneth played by Mervyn Johns and Glynis Johns respectively. Both are key to the film’s success proving to be helpful but with a strange ghostly presence.
- Mervyn Johns as Rhys
- Glynis Johns as Gwyneth
- Tom Walls as Captain Meadows
- Françoise Rosay as Alice Meadows
- Esmond Knight as David Davies
- Guy Middleton as Fortescue
- Alfred Drayton as Oakley
- Valerie White as Jill French
- Richard Bird as Squadron Leader French
- Sally Ann Howes as Joanna French
- Philippa Hiatt as Margaret
- Pat McGrath as Terence
- C. V. France as The Solicitor
Conclusion: The Halfway House (1944) Film Review
I really loved The Halfway House (1944) it really is a gem of film that’s a little forgotten. Thankfully with this Blu-ray release it should reach new audiences as well as older ones. It’s a supernatural drama made during World War II and it definitely sends out a message of taking a look at one’s life and realising what’s really important. That’s a sentiment that many will surely gone through during that period of time.
Trust me you really won’t regret watching The Halfway House (1944), I for one highly recommend it.
If you enjoyed my The Halfway House Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- In A Lonely Place (1950)
- The Blue Lamp (1950)
- Mystery Junction (1951)
- The Man Between (1953)
- Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
- North by Northwest (1959)
- The Mule (2018)
Conclusion: The Halfway House Blu-ray Review
For the most part this classic black and white film looks excellent. There were just a couple of damage marks at the bottom of the screen on one or two frames. Other than that the image quality is very good.
The extras include an interview with film historian and Ealing expert Matthew Sweet. I found this to be very interesting and would recommend you give it a look.
- Interview with Matthew Sweet
- Stills Gallery
On to my movie rating for The Halfway House (1944)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: GOOD
Amazon UK Links
The Halfway House (1944) is available out now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
That concludes my The Halfway House Blu-ray review. I’m aiming to review more classic dramas soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Halfway House (1944) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Basil Dearden
Actor(s): Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Tom Walls, Françoise Rosay, Esmond Knight, Valerie White, Richard Bird, Sally Ann Howes
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A phenomenal 1944 forgotten gem.