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The Upturned Glass (1947)





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James Mason stars in The Upturned Glass as a prosperous British brain surgeon. Mason saves Rosamund John's daughter from blindness, whereupon the married John falls in love with the doctor. The illicit lovers conduct a passionate affair while John's husband is out of the country. When John dies mysteriously, Mason suspects that the culprit is his own jealous sister-in-law Pamela Kellino (Mason's real-life wife at the time). Acting on his suspicions, Mason murders Kellino, stuffs her body in the trunk of his car, and drives to parts unknown to dispose of the corpse. Before he is able to do this, Mason is called to the home of a dying child. Despite the risk of being exposed as a murderer, Mason leaves his car unattended to rush to the side of the stricken child. The film doesn't end very happily for Mason, but he is mildly comforted by the fact that he has remained loyal to the Hippocratic oath. Upturned Glass is a virtual compendium of late-1940s British melodramatic devices: tortured hero, well-planned crime, moonlight-drenched photography, lengthy flashbacks, quasi-classical music score, and the rest of the repertoire. The film was coproduced by James Mason, and cowritten by Mason's wife and costar Pamela Kellino. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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James Mason
as Michael Joyce
Rosamund John
as Emma Wright
Ann Stephens
as Ann Wright
Pamela Kellino
as Kate Howard
Jane Hylton
as Miss Marsh
Henry Oscar
as Coroner
Brefni O'Rourke
as Dr. Farrell
Howard Douglas
as Lorry Driver
Maurice Denham
as Mobile Policeman
Helen Burls
as Farm Laborer's Wife
Cyril Chamberlain
as Junior Doctor
Peter Cotes
as Questioner
Lynn Evans
as County Policeman
Susan Shaw
as Student
John Stone
as Male Student
Beatrice Varley
as Injured Girl's Mother
Margaret Withers
as Party Guest
Nuna Davey
as Mrs. Deva
Glyn Rowland
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Upturned Glass

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

In polite concern to grant the intelligence of moviegoers, Actor-Producer Mason has underplayed so drastically that his surgeon fails to exhibit enough intensity. As a result, the whole last reel of the film groans like a car trying to do 80 in low gear.

March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet in spite of its original plot... The Upturned Glass is a muted, fairly rambling affair.

April 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Somber low-budget psychological thriller that doesn't kick in with much of a splash until the climax.

October 1, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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