Woman in a Dressing Gown
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Based on a popular British television drama, this 1957 film features a riveting performance from Yvonne Mitchell as a housewife who can't keep house. Mitchell plays Amy Preston, who after 25 years of marriage still hasn't mastered the domestic arts necessary to sustain a traditional 1950s-style marriage. Her long-suffering husband Jim (Anthony Quayle) finally gets fed up with Amy's unpalatable dinners, her slovenly dress, and the messy home. He takes up with Georgie Harlow (Sylvia Sims), a young woman at his workplace and realizes that he will soon have to choose between the two… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most affecting aspect of the film is its sense of compassion: we're never asked to condemn or condone, merely to understand."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A film that deserves to be better known and a welcome reminder of what a fine actress the late Yvonne Mitchell was."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A very worthy rediscovery."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"[A] stilted, patronising British movie about working-class and lower-middle-class life..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"An unmissable rerelease."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Hard and uncompromising, yet charged with sad fellow-feeling regarding the lies that we tell ourselves and the compromises we make, this is elegant, adult cinema with a fierce emotional punch."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
"This is both a reminder of British sexual mores in the darker days of the Fifties and one of the first attempts in a genre that was later referred to as kitchen-sink drama."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's utterly compelling, both as a historical document and as heartbreakingly plausible drama."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"It's relentlessly downbeat and claustrophobic, but Ted Willis' script avoids easy recrimination."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
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