“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