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Under Capricorn (1949)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 8, 2003

Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country UK

Production Companies
Transatlantic Pictures, Warner Bros.

Studio Transatlantic Pictures, Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• Under Capricorn (1949)
• Sklavin des Herzens (1950)

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Genre: Drama, Suspense, Love Triangle, Society

Tagline: Mystery, murder and passion from the master of suspense!

Plot: This historical melodrama, a true rarity for Alfred Hitchcock, was the last film produced by Hitchcock's own Transatlantic Pictures. Set in 1831 Australia, the film takes Hitchcock's enduring fascination with the underdog despised by the world and applies it to a social drama of class and wealth stretched across the British empire. In the past, Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten) was an Irish stablehand brash enough to elope with the aristocratic daughter of the estate, Lady Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman). When her brother tried to stop them he was killed, and Sam was convicted of his murder. The film finds Sam and Henrietta resettled in Sydney. Sam has grown wealthy, and Henrietta has taken to drinking, both in a futile attempt to erase the memory and the stigma of the murder. When Henrietta's handsome distant cousin, Charles Adare (Michael Wilding), comes to visit he tries to console and revitalize her. But Adare falls in love with his cousin while a scheming Milly (Margaret Leighton, playing the family's odd, enigmatic housekeeper) sees an opportunity to claim Sam for herself. This tangle of emotions and interests hatches a murder plot and social scandal before the conflict between Sam and Adare comes to its climax, and a dark secret is revealed.

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest
 Written by
John Colton
WereWolf of London, Rain, The Shanghai Gesture
Ingrid Bergman
Casablanca, Notorious, Spellbound
Joseph Cotten
Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Shadow of a Doubt
Michael Wilding
Stage Fright, Waterloo, In Which We Serve
Margaret Leighton
The Loved One, The Go-Between, The Best Man
Cecil Parker
The Lady Vanishes, The Ladykillers, The Court Jester
Denis O'Dea
Niagara, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
Jack Watling
Mr. Arkadin, Sink the Bismarck!, The Nanny
 Music By
Richard Addinsell
Scrooge, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Prince and the Showgirl

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