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The Lost Moment Details


It is said that Henry James' were inspired by the romance between Lord Byron and his mistress Claire Claremont, who in her dotage jealously guarded the poems written by Byron in her honor. In the film version of James' novel, The Lost Moment, the Clairemont character, renamed Juliana, is a blind, 105-year-old recluse, played with an abundance of age makeup by Agnes Moorehead (whose amazing cosmetic makeover was the subject of several magazine articles back in 1947). The plot of the film concentrates on the efforts by a publisher named Lewis (Robert Cummings) to obtain the "lost" poems written by a legendary literary figure to the centenarian Juliana. The old lady is fiercely protected by her near-psychotic niece Tina (Susan Hayward), who nonetheless agrees to help Lewis get his hands on the precious documents. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the Venetian mansion where Juliana resides harbors a horrible secret, one that bodes ill for the troubled Tina and everyone with whom she comes in contact. Watching in bewildered silence is Father Rinaldo (Eduardo Cianelli), the film's "voice of conscience". Together with , The Lost Moment is one of the few successful attempts to transfer the elusive prose of Henry James to the screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Cummings
as Lewis Venable
Susan Hayward
as Tina Bordereau
Agnes Moorehead
as Juliana Bordereau
Joan Lorring
as Amelia
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Father Rinaldo
John Archer
as Charles
Frank Puglia
as Pietro
Minerva Urecal
as Maria
William Edmunds
as Vittorio
Eugene Borden
as Proprietor
Martin Garralaga
as Waiter
Donna Martell
as Pretty Girl
Lillian Molieri
Julian Rivero
as Storyteller
Saverio LoMedico
as Waiter
Julian Rivero
as Storyteller
Martin Garralaga
as Waiter
Donna Martell
as Pretty Girl
Eugene Borden
as Proprietor


Martin Gabel
Walter Wanger
Leonardo Bercovici
Hal Mohr
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director