Obscuring the darkness...

Patrick Hamilton’s gothic play got a high-gloss Hollywood makeover in 1944, but this is the tighter, darker British original directed by Thorold Dickinson.

Anton Walbrook plays the suavely lethal husband planning to drive his wife (Diana Wynyard) mad to further his wicked plans.

Wynyard gives a pallid performance, and the final act descends into clumsiness, but Walbrook’s predatory cruelty puts him ahead of Charles Boyer in the remake, and Dickinson’s direction is taut.

Well-chosen extras include five Dickinson propaganda shorts.

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