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BBC TWO, Saturday August 4, 12am
(1945) A celebrated pianist attempts suicide and, on the psychiatrist's couch, reveals what drove her to it, recounting a life dominated by a sadistic headmistress and a possessive, insanely jealous guardian.
Full cast and credits on BFI Screenonline.
One of James Mason's most indelible contributions to British cinema was the moment in which he smashed his cane down on concert pianist Ann Todd's hands. Given the date (1945) and the motive (obsessive jealousy), it sounds as though it came from one of the many Gainsborough costume melodramas that helped establish Mason as the era's biggest British star, but The Seventh Veil was in fact made independently by producer Sydney Box, its glossy sheen belying the relatively low budget (under £100,000) and rapid shooting schedule.