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directed by Henry Levin
USA 1947


Rosalind Russell faces "The Guilt of Janet Ames" in this 1947 film also starring Melvin Douglas, Sid Caesar, Betsy Blair and Nina Foch. After the war, many, many films concerning psychiatry, mental illness, the mind, nerve disorders, etc. were released. Obviously readjustment and mental trauma were problems faced by many returning soldiers, and loss had to be coped with in many families. So it's no surprise that psychology became a huge subject.

Rosalind Russell plays a war widow whose husband threw himself on a grenade and saved five of his platoon. Angry and bitter, she has the names of the men, and sets out to meet each one to see if any of them were worth her husband sacrificing his life. En route to see one of them, she is hit by a car and has an hysterical paralysis so that she is confined to a wheelchair. One of the names on her list is recognized as that of a reporter, Smitty (Douglas), and he goes to the hospital to identify her. Though he has lost his job, is an alcoholic and due to leave for Chicago soon, he does a mental exercise with Janet that is inspired by the story of Peter Ibbetson. Ibbetson was an imprisoned man in a DuMaurier novel who was able through his imagination to leave the prison and reunite in dreams with his true love. Janet has to imagine each man, what he's like and what problems he's facing in order to gain some understanding of him. One man has a child, another man is married and he and his wife dream of building a house, another does work in the desert, one is a bouncer and another is a stand-up comic.

Once she is through with this exercise, Janet is able to admit some demons she has been carrying with her since her husband's death. Then it's Smitty's turn to face some facts.

Excerpt of review from blanche-2 at located HERE


Theatrical Release: 6 March 1947 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Screen Classics by Request) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:22:18

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2010
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Rosalind Russell is excellent in this post-war drama directed by Henry Levin for Columbia Pictures. The film noir atmosphere of Janet Ames' conscience elevates the psychological mambo-jumbo and Melvin Douglas gives a great support as an alcoholic former star reporter.

Per usual good track record of Sony Pictures, this is an excellent quality transfer on a made-on-demand single-layered disc. Progressive and with very little damage, the contrast is fine, although the image is soft-focused in some instances, but that's the way film was shot (capture # 7). The mono audio is decent, with no distortion, but unfortunately not even a trailer was not included with this release. Otherwise, a very good release from Sony Pictures.

  - Gregory Meshman


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