Article #1009 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-19-2003
Posting Date: 5-17-2003
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Featuring Margaret Lockwood, Patricia Roc, Dennis Price
A gypsy girl loses her father when he’s killed by the drunken lord of an estate, and then, when she falls in love with the son of the former owner of the estate, is sent away to serve as a servant at a girl’s school.
The thumbnail plot description above certainly doesn’t tell you much, but that’s because this is one of those movies that goes on for quite a bit before the various story threads come together and you can see the actual direction of the plot. It’s essentially a period drama / soap opera, and if you have a fondness for that sort of thing, this might fit the bill for you; the story itself is pretty ordinary, but it’s in lovely technicolor, is well-acted throughout, features Dennis Price and Ernest Thesiger, and does manage to have a few affecting scenes. On the other hand, since this review is part of a survey of fantastic films, you would be entitled to ask just why I’m including this one in the mix. The reason is that the gypsy womans exhibits a psychic power on occasion to see events that are taking place away from her eyes. Its main function appears to be twofold; a) to occasionally allow her to know certain pieces of information she wouldn’t otherwise know, and b) to play a role in the final trial scene. In truth, it would have been simple enough to write this story without the psychic power, so I’m afraid this one really gets consigned to the realms of marginalia.