Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) - Rotten Tomatoes

Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957)



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Based on a popular British television drama, this 1957 film features a riveting performance from Yvonne Mitchell as a housewife who can't keep house. Mitchell plays Amy Preston, who after 25 years of marriage still hasn't mastered the domestic arts necessary to sustain a traditional 1950s-style marriage. Her long-suffering husband Jim (Anthony Quayle) finally gets fed up with Amy's unpalatable dinners, her slovenly dress, and the messy home. He takes up with Georgie Harlow (Sylvia Sims), a young woman at his workplace and realizes that he will soon have to choose between the two women. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi


Yvonne Mitchell
as Amy Preston
Sylvia Syms
as Georgie Harlow
Anthony Quayle
as Jim Preston
Andrew Ray
as Brian Preston
Olga Lindo
as Manageress
Michael Ripper
as Pawnbroker
Nora Gordon
as Mrs. Williams
Marianne Stone
as Hairdresser
Harry Locke
as Wine merchant
Melvyn Hayes
as Newsboy
Roberta Woolley
as Christine
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Critic Reviews for Woman in a Dressing Gown

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Despite the over-facile resolution of the last scene, one's final impression is of an emotional drama of considerable intensity.

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

This is both a reminder of British sexual mores in the darker days of the Fifties and one of the first attempts in a genre that was later referred to as kitchen-sink drama.

July 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An unmissable rerelease.

July 26, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's utterly compelling, both as a historical document and as heartbreakingly plausible drama.

July 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A very worthy rediscovery.

July 26, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The most affecting aspect of the film is its sense of compassion: we're never asked to condemn or condone, merely to understand.

July 24, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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