Candles at Nine

Candles at Nine

Jessie Matthews
Director: John Harlow Cast: Jessie Matthews
Jessie Matthews
, John Stuart
John Stuart
, Beatrix Lehmann
Beatrix Lehmann
John Harlow


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British stage star Jessie Matthews, who lit up the silver screen in England during the '30s, returned to the screen for her first starring vehicle in five years in Candles at Nine. Adapted from Anthony Gilbert's novel Mouse Who Couldn't Play Ball, it's a haunted house/mystery film along lines that intersect with Gaslight, Rebecca, and a dozen lesser influences from the same genre. Matthews plays Dorothea Capper, a plucky, unpretentious chorus girl who suddenly inherits 100,000 pounds (easily the equivalent of several million dollars in the British economy of the early '40s) from an eccentric great-uncle whom she never even knew. The problem is the disappointed would-be heirs, who would like her out of the way -- one of whom tries to take care of that matter before she even goes to claim her inheritance. The estate itself, called Brakes, is a pretty forbidding place, especially as maintained under the housekeeper Miss Carberry (Beatrix Lehmann), who likes shadows (as opposed to Dorothea, who loves the sunlight). So not only must she contend with the rivals, but with Miss Carberry as her diametrical opposite in just about every way possible, hating the fact that Dorothea is now the mistress of Brakes. And neither the heroine nor the audience can be certain that detective Bill Gordon (John Stuart), who is trying to protect her, is quite up to the job.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827106523
Original Release: 1944
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 20,853

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessie Matthews Dorothea Capper
John Stuart William Gordon
Beatrix Lehmann Julia Carberry
Winifred Shotter Brenda Tempest
Reginald Purdell Charles Lacey
Hugh Dempster Hugh Lacey
Joss Ambler Garth Hope
Eliot Makeham Everard Hope
John Salew Griggs
Vera Bogetti Lucille Hope
Andre Van Gyseghem Cecil Tempest
Ernest Butcher Gardener
Patricia Hayes Actor
Gerry Wilmot Actor

Technical Credits
John Harlow Director,Screenwriter
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Basil Mason Screenwriter
Wallace Orton Producer
James Wilson Cinematographer

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