This Was a Woman

This Was a Woman is a 1948 British crime film directed by Tim Whelan and starring Sonia Dresdel, Walter Fitzgerald and Emrys Jones.[1] It was made at the Riverside Studios with sets designed by the art directors Ivan King and Andrew Mazzei.[2] Based on a successful play by former film actress Joan Morgan,[3] its plot concerns an outwardly respectable family dominated by a murderous matriarch.[4]

This Was a Woman
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Trade ad, Kinematograph Weekly, 1948
Directed byTim Whelan
Produced byMarcel Hellman
Written byVal Valentine (adapted from the film treatment by Joan Morgan)
Based onplay This Was a Woman by Joan Morgan
StarringSonia Dresdel
Walter Fitzgerald
Emrys Jones
Music byMischa Spoliansky
CinematographyHal Britten
Günther Krampf
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Excelsior Films
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
21 June 1948
(United Kingdom)
4 January 1949
(United States)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



  1. ^ Keaney p.200
  2. ^ "This Was a Woman (1948)".
  3. ^ "Joan Morgan".
  4. ^ "This Was a Woman (1949) - Tim Whelan, Sr. - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.


  • Michael F. Keaney. British Film Noir Guide. McFarland, 2008.

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