Archival Print
Based on the novel by Vera Caspary


Margaret Lockwood, Ian Hunter, Barry K. Barnes, Anne Crawford,

In a Connecticut house cut off from the city by design and then by snow, the beatific Bedelia “folds egg whites into seasoned yolks” and leaves lipstick scars on her smitten husband. When the snow melts, a trail of dead former spouses leads to their door. The prolific Vera Caspary wrote Bedelia (1945), a gothic study of “disordered emotions” in an infantilized wife, as a novel and a play, and went to England for the filming of her screenplay that moves the action to Yorkshire and stars Margaret Lockwood. Like Laura, it opens on an oil portrait of its elusive subject.

Judy Bloch
  • Vera Caspary
  • Isadore Goldsmith
  • Herbert Victor
Based On
  • the novel by Caspary

  • Freddie Young
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 90 mins
  • BFI National Archive