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Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 28 January 1946 (USA)
In the early part of this century, Maddelena a teenage Italian girl, is attacked whilst walking in the woods. The attack leaves her mentally scarred and our story flashes forward to the ... See full summary »


Arthur Crabtree


Margery Lawrence (novel), Roland Pertwee (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Maddalena
Stewart Granger ... Nino
Patricia Roc ... Angela
Peter Glenville ... Sandro
John Stuart ... Guiseppe
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Ackroyd
Peter Murray-Hill ... Logan (as Peter Murray Hill)
Dulcie Gray ... Nesta
Alan Haines Alan Haines ... Evelyn
Hilda Bayley Hilda Bayley ... Mrs. Fiske
Evelyn Darvell Evelyn Darvell ... Millie
Nancy Price ... Mama Barucci
Jean Kent ... Vittoria
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Tessa
Robert Speaight Robert Speaight ... Priest


In the early part of this century, Maddelena a teenage Italian girl, is attacked whilst walking in the woods. The attack leaves her mentally scarred and our story flashes forward to the 1940s where Maddelena is still troubled. She disappears one day and her daughter vows to find her. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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One woman...living two kinds of love...loving two kinds of man! (Title lobby card). See more »


Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La madona de las siete lunas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directorial debut of Arthur Crabtree. See more »


When Tessa (Amy Veness) answers the door to Doctor Ackroyd (Reginald Tate), she takes his hat and gloves. She drops the gloves and spots that she's done so, but carries on with the scene. See more »


Maddalena: Love like ours can't be measured by time...
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Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »


Nocturne No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 15, No. 2
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Hans May
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Ridiculous Melodrama
28 July 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I only voted this film 3/10.I agreed with James Hitchcock's above user review which is accurate and to the point.I suppose (unlike today) if you had survived WW11 in 1945 you did not have much choice when going to the cinema for some needed light relief.This film is supposedly set in Florence/Italy yet it is a place where everyone speaks perfect English and as another user humorously put it in their comments, sound as if they are all at the Hunt Ball in Cheltenham!Not a word of "Parliamo Italiano" was heard throughout even by the "peasant locals".Most farcical casting was the mother - Phyllis Calvert who looked and was the same age as her grown daughter - Patricia Roc (a point made by other reviewers).

Yet again we have a claustrophobically studio bound set with no relief of exterior shots and where the whole of Florence seems to be traversed in a 50 sq.yard of studio area and where characters suddenly appear in 5mins from one scene to another!A typical example was when Stewart Granger, in a comical fiesta outfit, appeared in the same bedroom as Phyllis Calvert (whose character had just died).Who let him into the villa? - I did not see how he gained entry!

Normally I enjoy the Gainsborough melodramas as long as they have some credulity, e.g. "Love Story" (1944), "The Man in Grey" (1943) and of course "The Wicked Lady" (1945) but this film was one of Gainsborough's duds, war or no war.The screenwriter/producer in my opinion have a lot to answer for producing this travesty.

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