Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark

Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Jean Simmons, Dan O'Herlihy, Rhonda Fleming

DVD (Remastered)

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Wearing a curiously (and perhaps deliberately) unattractive blonde wig, Jean Simmons stars in the tense psychological drama Home Before Dark. Having just recovered from a nervous breakdown, Charlotte Bronn (Simmons) returns from a mental institution to the home she shares with her academician husband Arnold (Dan O'Herlihy). Though he tries his best to help Charlotte re-adapt, his efforts are undermined by the insensitive meddling of her stepmother Inez (Mabel Albertson) and stepsister Joan (Rhonda Fleming) who may or may not have been carrying on a romance with Arnold in Charlotte's absence. The untenable situation at home leads Charlotte into a romance with college professor Jake Diamond (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), who as an ongoing target of anti-semitism has plenty of his own emotional baggage to deal with. What is remarkable about Home Before Dark is that it is a film without a villain: even the most unpleasant characters are drawn as three-dimensional human beings, who behave badly because they really don't know any better. The film was adapted by Robert and Eileen Bassing from Eileen's same-named novel.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
UPC: 0883316287729
Original Release: 1958
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 1,097

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Simmons Charlotte Bronn
Dan O'Herlihy Arnold Bronn
Rhonda Fleming Joan Carlisle
Efrem Zimbalist Jake Diamond
Mabel Albertson Inez Winthrop
Stephen Dunne Hamilton Gregory
Joan Weldon Frances Barrett
Joanna Barnes Cathy Bergner
Kathryn Card Mattie
Marjorie Bennett Hazel Evans
Johnstone White Malcolm Southey
Eleanor Audley Mrs. Hathaway

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director,Producer
Philip W. Anderson Editor
John Backman Art Director
Eileen Bassing Screenwriter
Robert Bassing Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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