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(aka 'Britannia Mews' or 'The Affairs of Adelaide')

 

directed by Jean Negulesco
UK 19
49

The Anglo-American co-production Britannia Mews was released in the U.S. as The Affairs of Adelaide, then reissued as Forbidden Street, the title it carries today. Set in the Victoria era, the film focuses upon Adelaide Maureen O'Hara, a young lady of good family who renounces both name and fame when she marries an impoverished artist Dana Andrews. When her husband is killed in an accident, Adelaide is blackmailed by a spiteful old hag Dame Sybil Thorndike who claims that the girl killed her spouse. Enter a handsome young barrister who is the living image of Adelaide's late husband and who, accordingly, is also played by Dana Andrews. He extricates Adelaide from her plight, reunites her with her family, and along the way falls in love with her himself. Ring Lardner Jr. adapted Britannia Mews from a novel by Margery Sharp. .

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Theatrical Premiere: March 31st, 1949 (UK)

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: August 22nd, 2012
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The Forbidden Street is quite the odd film - considered by some to be a British Noir. It has some indefinable haunting qualities that I don't think were intended. I like Dana Andrews and Maureen O'Hara although they both appear slightly miscast. I did find elements of it fascinating... and uneven.

This is a standard single-layered MoD (Made-on-Demand) 'Cinema Archives' disc - progressive and looking a shade dirty at times (see last capture). It is consistent enough to be very watchable with some heavy contrast that suits the visual presentation. I liked the SD video and the texture that is visible. 

Standard mono Dolby audio transfer but the score composed by Malcolm Arnold (The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, The Bridge On the River Kwai, Island in the Sun, Stolen Face, Hobson's Choice) also seems unusual at times - lighter when the mood seems darker. There are no subtitles on the region free NTSC disc. There are no extras.

The Forbidden Street has some positive intangibles - one of those oddities that defies logic in its weird appeal. I liked it - but I don't really know why. Maureen O'Hara provides some very pensive stares - maybe that is the appeal. Anywho - for the price - no way - only if $12 or less, IMO.  

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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