The Forbidden Street

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The Forbidden Street
The Forbidden Street 1949 poster.jpg
1949 US Theatrical Poster
Directed by Jean Negulesco
Produced by William Perlberg
Written by Ring Lardner, Jr.
Based on Britannia Mews
1946 novel
by Margery Sharp
Starring Dana Andrews
Maureen O'Hara
Sybil Thorndike
Narrated by Maureen O'Hara
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Georges Périnal
Edited by Richard Best
Robert L. Simpson
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date
31 March 1949
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Forbidden Street is a 1949 British melodrama film directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Dana Andrews, Maureen O'Hara, Sybil Thorndike, Fay Compton and A. E. Matthews. In Victorian London, a young woman marries a poor drunken artist and struggles to make ends meet. After his death, she takes in a lodger and she soon falls in love with him.[1]

Plot summary

From a well to do family, Adelaide (Maureen O'Hara), over the objections of her family, marries an impoverished artist Henry Lambert (Dana Andrews) who is later killed in an accident when Adelaide pushes him away. Adelaide is blackmailed for two years by her neighbor, Mrs. Mounsey, a spiteful old hag (Sybil Thorndike) who claims to the police that Henry was killed accidentally.

Adelaide is still living in the Britannia Mews, when a young barrister, Gilbert Lauderdale (Dana Andrews), shows up who is the living image of Adelaide's late husband. He gets rid of the old woman by threatening to prosecute her for blackmail, eventually reunites Adelaide with her family, and along the way falls in love with her himself.[2]


Production notes

  • 20th Century Fox bought Margery Sharp's novel in June 1946 for $150,000 plus bonus increments
  • The film was shot in England using studio funds frozen in Great Britain.
  • Production Dates: mid-July to mid-October 1948 at London Film Studios, Shepperton, England
  • The working titles of this film were Britannia Mews and Impulse.
  • The film was released in Great Britain as Britannia Mews and was originally scheduled to be released in the United States as Affairs of Adelaide.


  1. ^ "Britannia Mews (1949)". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Forbidden Street (1949) - Jean Negulesco - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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