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Bedlam (1946) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Mark Robson and produced by Jack J. Gross and Val Lewton.

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book: The Queen of Bedlam (2007) by Robert McCammon

By John Grant on Jul 10, 2018 From Noirish

It’s 1702 in the fledgling city of New York — still a small town, by today’s standards — and young legal clerk Matthew Corbett takes it upon himself to weasel out the mystery of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed the Masker, because of the way he mutilates the faces o... Read full article


Bedlam (1946, Mark Robson)

on Nov 29, 2013 From The Stop Button

Bedlam is about a third of a good picture. It’s like writers Val Lewton and (director too) Robson didn’t quite know how to make it work, what with having to have Boris Karloff in it. Karloff’s the villain, the head of a mental institute in the eighteenth century. Karloff’s so... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: BEDLAM (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 14, 2012 From Virtual Virago

In the 1730s, the celebrated English artist William Hogarth created a series of paintings called A Rake's Progress, which rapidly became some of the most famous images of the age. A little more than two centuries later, the visionary film producer Val Lewton took the last of Hogarth's series as the ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: BEDLAM (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 14, 2012 From Virtual Virago

In the 1730s, the celebrated English artist William Hogarth created a series of paintings called A Rake's Progress, which rapidly became some of the most famous images of the age. A little more than two centuries later, the visionary film producer Val Lewton took the last of Hogarth's series as the ... Read full article


Hogarthian Gothic: Imagining the Madhouse in Val Lewton's BEDLAM

By Jennifer Garlen on Apr 16, 2011 From Virtual Virago

Every scholar in eighteenth-century studies is undoubtedly familiar with William Hogarth and The Rake's Progress. The final scene of the series is among the most famous of Hogarth's images, with its arresting depiction of the miserable confines of that most famous of madhouses, Bethlem Hospital, be... Read full article


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Lord Mortimer: A capital fellow, this Sims, a capital fellow.
Nell Bowen: If you ask me, M'Lord, he's a stench in the nostrils, a sewer of ugliness, and a gutter brimming with slop.


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When Sims says to Nell "I leave you to dream of these Augean labors", he is referring to the Labors of Hercules, one of which was to cleanse the Augean stables (the stables of Augeas).
Pompey, the boy, is playing 'conkers', a child's game with chestnuts on strings, in the waiting room.
In one of the street scenes, a flower seller is heard calling. "Lavender, sweet blooming lavender,/ Six bunches a penny today, /Lavender, sweet blooming lavender,/ Ladies buy it while you may." This is an actual old street cry from London.
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Also directed by Mark Robson




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