While I Live

While I Live

John Harlow (1947)

A Certificate


Our Score
Veteran movie-goers might just remember seeing this excitable melodrama under the title The Dream of Olwen, under which it was re-released to exploit the success of Charles Williams's theme tune. Sonia Dresdel dominates the proceedings with a Mrs Danvers-like display of neurotic malice, playing a Cornish spinster who becomes convinced that amnesiac Carol Raye is her reincarnated sister. Not even that arch scene-stealer Tom Walls can compete. This old-fashioned hokum was something of a departure for director John Harlow, who began making crime B-features and followed up this hit with a couple of Old Mother Riley comedies.


A girl suffering from amnesia wanders into a stranger's home, where she's mistaken for the reincarnation of a musician who died there 25 years previously. Melodrama, with Tom Walls, Sonia Dresdel, Carol Raye and Clifford Evans.

Cast & Crew

Julia Trevelyan Sonia Dresdel
Nehemiah Tom Walls
Peter Clifford Evans
Sally Warwick Carol Raye
Christine Patricia Burke
George Warwick John Warwick
Selby Edward Lexy
Director John Harlow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Edward Dryhurst Prods LtdAvailable on: DVD