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My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

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My Name Is Julia Ross is the first film noir made by Joseph H. Lewis. Though made on a low-budget, the film contains a nice brooding atmosphere and some innovative camera work to tell the tightly woven story of Julia Ross, an unemployed woman who in desperation takes a job as the personal secretary to a socially prominent matron. On her first day, she meets the woman's son. Though his face is terribly scarred, he seems a charming fellow as he shows her around the mansion and into her room. Later he brings her supper. She eats and falls into a deep sleep. When she groggily reawakens, the woman finds herself in a completely different house wearing new clothing. To make matters worse, everyone assumes she is the wife of her boss's son. The son also tells her that they are married and that she has just been released from a mental asylum. She tries to leave, but finds the outside of the mansion surrounded by thick, high walls and locked with an immovable iron gate. Laura is occasionally allowed to visit it town and one day manages to surreptitiously slip a letter to her boy friend begging for help in the mail. Back in the mansion, she learns that the family are planning to murder her and make it look like suicide to cover up the fact that the son killed his real wife.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Nina Foch
as Julia Ross
Dame May Whitty
as Mrs. Hughes
Ronald Varno
as Dennis Bruce
Roland Varno
as Dennis Bruce
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Mackie
George Macready
as Ralph Hughes
Anita Bolster
as Sparkes
Leonard Mudie
as Peters, Butler
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Robinson
Olaf Hytten
as Rev. Lewis
Evan Thomas
as Dr. Keller
Milton A. Owen
as Policeman
Leyland Hodgson
as Policeman
Charles McNaughton
as Gatekeeper
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Critic Reviews for My Name Is Julia Ross

All Critics (7)

It may not fit the typical mode of a film noir (no detectives, femme fatales, not an urban setting), but its certainly shot like one and it wastes no time - it's a brisk, thrilling movie.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Scene-Stealers.com

... a minor but impressive showpiece: crisply directed, smartly shot, handsomely mounted.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Turner Classic Movies Online

A calling-card work yet fascinatingly filled with feminist strands

Full Review… | March 13, 2010
CinePassion

Director Lewis, like his script, works to keep us unbalanced.

Full Review… | February 15, 2009
MovieMartyr.com

Inventive crime thriller full of personal touches and a gripping story.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

A sterling example of noir thriller efficiency.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for My Name Is Julia Ross

½

Great performances by the Late great Nina Foch (Frannie Halcyon from the first "Tales of the City") and Dame May Whitty in this short and sweet B film from the classic film noir era.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

Killer find on Turner Classic Movies. Goth-noir thriller about a young woman from London (Foch), desperate for work, that answers a job ad and winds up not only as a live-in employee but as a shut-in, miles from London and kept there by 'her family'. Creepy through-out with very good acting all around especially by Nina Foch.

Tom Rice
Tom Rice

Interesting little British film about a woman kidnapped by a old lady and her psychotic son. At times very suspenseful, but gets a little hokey at the end. Good acting all around and George Macready is great as a knife wielding bad tempered maniac. It's a good story, but the film is just a hour and 10 minutes and at times a little rushed.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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