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The Bitter Waters 

At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich American boy touring Europe with his uncle stops at a trendy German resort and meets a pretty young girl who is there with her mother, a widow. ... See full summary »

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Zoe Akins (teleplay), Henry James (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
George Sanders ... Charles Ferris
Constance Cummings ... Louisa Pallant
Robert Vaughn ... Archibald Parker
Cynthia O'Neal ... Linda Pallant (as Cynthia Baxter)
Celia Lovsky ... Frau Traurnicht
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Gimingham
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay ... Herbert (as Jerry Barclay)
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Storyline

At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich American boy touring Europe with his uncle stops at a trendy German resort and meets a pretty young girl who is there with her mother, a widow. The young couple fall for each other, until the young girl's mother's past begins to have an effect on their relationship. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 August 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Despite being classified as a "comedy" as well as "drama" and "romance', there is indeed no comedic material in this program. See more »

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7 January 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Zoe Akins, Dorothy Arzner's favorite screenwriter in the pre-code days, adapts a Henry James story about two old lovers who meet many years later and the budding romance of her daughter and his nephew. George Sanders and Constance Cummings are perfect as the older couple and Robert Vaughn -- a very young Robert Vaughn -- is his usual, believable stiff-necked self. Long-time director John Brahm directs this piece surely and I have to award kudos for all hands.

I must admit to not enjoying this piece very much, but that is largely due to the source material. I take little pleasure in James' fascination in showing the flaws of his class -- even his own brother called him a bore. Also the snapper ending is pretty well figured in advance. George Sanders, giving a typically graceful performance as he did so often, is the real reason to see this piece.


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