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After getting a glimpse of the conditions at the St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum, known as "Bedlam," Nell Bowen (Anna Lee) is concerned that the patients are being mistreated. When she seeks to better the situation, the head of St. Mary's, George Sims (Boris Karloff), uses his political savvy to have Nell committed. Being within St. Mary's does not deter Nell, however, and she starts to turn the patients against Sims in a bid to violently oust him from power.

Cast & Crew

Boris Karloff
Master George Sims
Anna Lee
Nell Bowen
Billy House
Lord Mortimer
Glenn Vernon
The Gilded Boy
Jason Robards
Oliver Todd
Joan Newton
Dorothea the Dove
Richard Fraser
The Stonemason
Ian Wolfe
Sidney Long
Leland Hodgson
That Devil John Wilkes
Elizabeth Russell
Mistress Kitty Sims
Jack J. Gross
Executive Producer
Val Lewton
Screenwriter
Mark Robson
Screenwriter
Roy Webb
Original Music
Nicholas Musuraca
Cinematographer
Lyle Boyer
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Critic Reviews for Bedlam

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

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  • Jun 25, 2016
    Some good ideas, but ultimately it doesn't work.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    an interesting film, more a gothic costume drama than horror and producer val lewton's last film for rko. the story takes place in st mary bethlehem in london, a notorious madhouse. in the 18th century people were allowed to visit 'the loonies' as they were known and the hospital was a popular tourist attraction. anna lee plays an opinionated woman who objects to boris karloff's treatment of his patients and ends by being committed herself. the story was inspired by william hogarth's paintings of bedlam in the rake's progress and some of his works are used in the film. altho not nearly as lurid as it could have been it was banned in britain for many years. conditions for the mentally ill improved in the following century due to the efforts of the quakers and reaction to the madness of king george III
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    A very poor story executed decently. Tries to be a horror film at times and tries to be a politcal statement at times, while shoehorning in a love story. It fails at becoming any of these, but it does have some pretty decent scenes - mostly the ones with Karloff (of course).
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Although it sounds like a good story, it isn't such a good movie. The only good actor is Karloff, and the movie is somewhat strange and somewhat boring.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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