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Home Before Dark [DVD] [1958]

Release Date:01/25/2011
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    Home Before Dark
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Dan O'Herlihy
      Dan O'Herlihy - Arnold Bronn
    • Rhonda Fleming
      Rhonda Fleming - Joan Carlisle
    • Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
      Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - Jake Diamond
    • Mabel Albertson
      Mabel Albertson - Inez Winthrop
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      Stephen Dunne - Hamilton Gregory

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