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

Cast

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 (12) | Top Critics (3)

An unmissable rerelease.

Jul 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.

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

Mitchell's performance is the walk-away highlight of the production, but Anthony Quayle does a solidly reliable job as the husband.

Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…
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J. Lee Thompson's direction has a few documentary-style cliches about it, but provides a good, empty space, most of the time, for Miss Mitchell's virtuosity to shine in.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The facile ending, with its suggestion of "happy ever after", is in line with the compromising attitude of the film as a whole; and rings entirely false.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] stilted, patronising British movie about working-class and lower-middle-class life...

Jul 30, 2012 | Full Review…

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