Home Before Dark

Overview

Wearing a curiously (and perhaps deliberately) unattractive blonde wig, Jean Simmons stars in the tense psychological drama Home Before Dark. Having just recovered from a nervous breakdown, Charlotte Bronn (Simmons) returns from a mental institution to the home she shares with her academician husband Arnold (Dan O'Herlihy). Though he tries his best to help Charlotte re-adapt, his efforts are undermined by the insensitive meddling of her stepmother Inez (Mabel Albertson) and stepsister Joan (Rhonda Fleming) who ...
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Overview

Wearing a curiously (and perhaps deliberately) unattractive blonde wig, Jean Simmons stars in the tense psychological drama Home Before Dark. Having just recovered from a nervous breakdown, Charlotte Bronn (Simmons) returns from a mental institution to the home she shares with her academician husband Arnold (Dan O'Herlihy). Though he tries his best to help Charlotte re-adapt, his efforts are undermined by the insensitive meddling of her stepmother Inez (Mabel Albertson) and stepsister Joan (Rhonda Fleming) who may or may not have been carrying on a romance with Arnold in Charlotte's absence. The untenable situation at home leads Charlotte into a romance with college professor Jake Diamond (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), who as an ongoing target of anti-semitism has plenty of his own emotional baggage to deal with. What is remarkable about Home Before Dark is that it is a film without a villain: even the most unpleasant characters are drawn as three-dimensional human beings, who behave badly because they really don't know any better. The film was adapted by Robert and Eileen Bassing from Eileen's same-named novel.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
See Home Before Dark for Jean Simmons' shimmering, beautiful portrayal -- but be prepared to be frustrated. Simmons alone makes Home worth seeing, but it's a movie that leaves one feeling unfulfilled. One watches it with expectations, anticipating that at any moment the movie is going to kick into a higher gear and reach a satisfying pay-off. And it's true that, structurally, the film makes sense and that it's beginning, middle and end technically work. But it doesn't provide the emotional kick that it keeps striving for, nor does it provide as in-depth and close a look at its characters as it thinks it does. It is, in some way, a "flirt" of a movie, promising more and raising one's hopes and expectations, but never fulfilling them. The same cannot be said of Simmons, who is all that one could ask for in the role -- although the blonde wig is perhaps not such a good idea. Hair aside, there's nothing to fault with the actress, who clearly has an iron grasp on this fragile characters and who illuminates facets of the character that would otherwise probably never have even existed. The rest of the cast is fine, perhaps even a bit more than fine; but it's Simmons who owns the picture, from the first frame to the last.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • UPC: 883316287729
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,847

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Simmons Charlotte Bronn
Dan O'Herlihy Arnold Bronn
Rhonda Fleming Joan Carlisle
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Jake Diamond
Mabel Albertson Inez Winthrop
Stephen Dunne Hamilton Gregory
Joan Weldon Frances Barrett
Joanna Barnes Cathy Bergner
Kathryn Card Mattie
Marjorie Bennett Hazel Evans
Johnstone White Malcolm Southey
Eleanor Audley Mrs. Hathaway
Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director, Producer
Philip W. Anderson Editor
John Backman Art Director
Eileen Bassing Screenwriter
Robert Bassing Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
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