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In a long flashback, a New York publisher is in Venice pursuing the lost love letters of an early-19th-century poet, Jeffrey Ashton, who disappeared mysteriously. Using a false name, Lewis Venable rents a room from Juliana Bordereau, once Jeffrey Ashton's lover, now an aged recluse. Running the household is Juliana's severe niece, Tina, who mistrusts Venable from the first moment. He realizes all is not right when late one night he finds Tina, her hair unpinned and wild, at the piano. She calls him Jeffrey and throws herself at him. The family priest warns Venable to tread carefully around her fantasies, but he wants the letters at any cost, even Tina's sanity.

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  1. Leonardo Bercovici


  2. Henry James


  3. Martin Gabel


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  1. Robert Cummings

    Robert Cummings

    Lewis Venable

  2. Susan Hayward

    Susan Hayward

    Tina Bordereau

  3. Agnes Moorehead

    Agnes Moorehead

    Juliana Borderau

  4. Joan Lorring

    Joan Lorring


  5. Eduardo Ciannelli

    Eduardo Ciannelli

    Father Rinaldo

  6. John Archer

    John Archer


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 29m

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  • November 21, 1947



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