Saturday Night Cinema: My Name is Julia Ross

ByPamela Geller on January 16, 2016

“Crisply directed, smartly shot, handsomely mounted,” tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema classic is My Name is Julia Ross.

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather noisy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. Two days later, she awakens in a different house in different clothes and with a new identity. She is told she is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Hughes and has suffered a nervous breakdown.

A crime – drama film with Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno, Doris Lloyd. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis.

My Name is Julia Ross, Bosley Crowther, NY Times, November 9, 1945:

The elements of a mystifying entertainment with psychological overtones are present in this story about a girl who is engaged as a private secretary by a rich old dame and discovers that her employer plans to drive her crazy and thus cover up evidence of a previous murder. Julia, you see, is a dead ringer for the victim, and the scheme, is to produce her as the corpus delicti.

While Joseph Lewis, the director, succeeds in creating an effectively ominous atmosphere, he has not been as adept in handling the players, and that, we suspect, is why “My Name Is Julia Ross” misses the mark. As the frightened heroine, Nina Foch depends chiefly on studied expressions of shock and bewilderment, and she gets only routine support from George MacReady and Dame May Whitty.


At the Ambassador
MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS, screen play by Muriel Roy Bolton, based on the novel “The Woman in Red” by Anthony Gilbert; directed by Joseph H. Lewis; produced by Wallace MacDonald for Columbia Pictures.
Julia Ross . . . . . Nina Foch
Mrs. Williamson Hughes . . . . . Dame May Whitty
Ralph Hughes . . . . . George MacReady
Dennis Bruce . . . . . Roland Varno
Sparkes . . . . . Anita Bolster
Mrs. Mackie . . . . . Doris Lloyd
Peters . . . . . Leonard Mudie
Bertha . . . . . Joy Harrington
Alice . . . . . Queenie Leonard
Robinson . . . . . Harry Hays Morgan
Mrs. Robinson . . . . . Ottola Nesmith
Rev. Lewis . . . . . Olaf Hytten
Dr. Keller . . . . . Evan Thomas

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  • EJO

    Some of you might find this interesting.

    • searcherseeker

      Go, Sgt. Friday! The only man who can shut Obama up!

  • EJO

    Some of you might find this interesting Pt. 2
    “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything.

    He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He
    must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor—by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.

    “He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man, and his pride is that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him.

    “The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.”

    ― Raymond Chandler

  • EJO

    Some of you might find this interesting Pt. 3
    “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.

    But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

    ― Mark Twain

  • GeneP54

    Where’s the link to the movie?

  • Leela Kim

    Beware oppressed women in Islam!!

    • searcherseeker

      Not only that, but we can hold our babies up to be thrown down if we Somali women don’t get an apartment in Berlin, with air conditioning and a stove. We will smash our babies into the floor if you don’t give us Cable TV. Stupid Westerners. Only YOU think life is worth living!!!

      • Leela Kim

        Oh you are so right. All whites and non-muslims treat their women like the Exalted Queen of England. Just ask Nicole Brown Simpson.

  • searcherseeker

    Good movie. Good to see George MacReady as a kid. The voice was there and it was a good plot. The scene where she opened the bars to the window threw me for a loop. I thought, “No! Go for the secret passageway! Then, when she screamed, I knew…

  • gellero

    you are a sentimentalist, Pam…..and a retro one at that ;-)