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Home Before Dark (1958)





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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.

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Jean Simmons
as Charlotte Bronn
Rhonda Fleming
as Joan Carlisle
Dan O'Herlihy
as Arnold Bronn
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
as Jacob "Jake" Diamond
Mabel Albertson
as Inez Winthrop
Stephen Dunne
as Hamilton Gregory
Joan Weldon
as Frances Barrett
Joanna Barnes
as Cathy Bergner
Marjorie Bennett
as Hazel Evans
Johnstone White
as Malcolm Southey
Eleanor Audley
as Mrs. Hathaway
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All Critics (2)

Powerful emotional story but thin soap opera story.

July 1, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Home Before Dark

Unjustly obscure drama with an outstanding performance from Jean Simmons. Attempting a serious look at the fragile period after release for treatment of mental distress this does a good unsentimental job with a somber tone and excellent work from the entire cast with the always excellent Jean delivering one of her career best.

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