The Upturned Glass (June 17, 1947)
Released on June 17, 1947: Can a famous surgeon also be a demented killer? Can he commit murder and save a life in the same evening? Every time you think you know what will happen next . . . you don't.
Directed by Lawrence Huntington
Written by Pamela Mason, and John Monaghan.
The Actors: James Mason (Michael Joyce), Rosamund John (Emma Wright), Pamela Mason (Kate Howard), Ann Stephens (Ann Wright), Morland Graham (Clay), Brefni O'Rorke (Doctor Farrell), Henry Oscar (the coroner), Jane Hylton (Miss Marsh), Sheila Huntington (first girl student), Susan Shaw (second girl student), Peter Cotes (male student), Nuna Davey (Mrs. Deva), Judith Carol (Joan Scott-Trotter), John Monaghan (U.S. driver), Maurice Denham (mobile policeman), Janet Burnell (Sylvia), Margaret Withers (party guest), Beatrice Varley (injured girl's mother), Helene Burls (farm laborer's wife), Howard Douglas (lorry driver), Richard Afton (lorry driver's mate), Lyn Evans (county Policeman), Cyril Chamberlain (junior doctor), George Merritt (policeman), Glyn Rowland (policeman), John Stone (male student).
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Am I the only person in the world that cannot play the piano (he asked rhetorically, knowing how silly the question is)? But honestly, I love to hear piano music. My mom could play just about anything. Someone could start singing a song that she had never heard before, and she could start playing along, following the singer, able to predict where the melody was going next. My sisters can play the piano . . . older sister Esther plays classical masterpieces like a maestro and older sister Vivian was offered a job playing for soap operas. And me? My running joke ever since I was a teen that was forced to learn violin and hated every moment of it is, "I even have trouble playing the radio well." And in this amazing murder thriller everyone can play the piano. James Mason, Rosamund John, the first murder victim, and Ann Stephens, her young daughter. So soothing and relaxing, even when it is a demented killer who is tickling the ivories . . . . er . . . . I guess that phrase isn't politically correct any more. Good piano music is relaxing even when it is a demented killer who is tickling the plastic . . .
James Mason is a famous surgeon who falls in love with one of his patients, and when she suddenly dies at the hand of her sister-in-law, Mason takes it upon himself to get revenge by killing the sister-in-law the same way . . . but just when you think you know what will happen next in this well-written plot, there is a 'left turn' and everything goes in a surprising new direction, keeping you on the edge of your seat, furiously munching your hot, buttered white kernel popcorn. This is one that you must watch to the very last moment, or I guarantee that you won't know how it ends. And who wrote such a devilishly intriguing plot? Pamela Mason, wife of James Mason, who plays the part of the sister-in-law, killer and victim.
|Beatrice Varley||Brefni O'Rorke|
|Brefni O'Rorke||Henry Oscar|
|Howard Douglas, Maurice Denham and Richard Afton||James Mason|
|James Mason||James Mason and Brefni O'Rorke|
|James Mason and Janet Burnell||James Mason and Pamela Mason|
|James Mason on the cliffs||Judith Carol and James Mason|
|Judith Carol and Nuna Davey||Morland Graham|
|Morland Graham and James Mason||Pamela Mason|
|Pamela Mason||Pamela Mason and James Mason|
|Rosamund John and Ann Stephens||Rosamund John and James Mason|