Eleanor Parker's Interpretation As "Anne Catherick":
Eleanor’s interpretation of the ethereal, tormented, illegitimate daughter of a member of the aristocratic Fairlie family, begins as she glides and prances through the moonlit night as if on a mystified cloud.
Her mental anguish poignantly conveyed through the tormented look on Eleanor’s finely sculptured face is haunting in itself, but not grotesquely so. Even under duress, her natural beauty is apparent.
In this film adaptation, you’ll find Eleanor’s English accent, ever so slight, was much less pronounced than the biting Cockney she contrived in “Of Human Bondage” 1946.
Eleanor Parker's Interpretation
As "Laura Fairlie":
Laura is simply sweet, svelte and aristocratic in bearing. Her privileged, sheltered life has made her a little naive, shall we say? She doesn’t have a clue as to the evil in the world.
In the words of her cousin Marian, Alexis Smith, “Laura is pretty, is gay, loves all men, is feminine as this lace table cloth and is fabulously wealthy." "She is an angel...I am not.”
As Laura, Eleanor is almost too gorgeous for words; however, it’s Anne’s torment that plays at our heartstrings. Although Laura is hypnotized and drugged in an evil scheme of forced identity using her look alike cousin Anne as another unfortunate victim of Fosco, she is able to recover her identity, her mind and her station in life...and confront the evil Count.
However, his wife, and Anne's true mother, the Countess Fosco, stabs him in the back in revenge-- for the evil that he's brought on Laura, herself and upon her now dead illegitimate daugther, Anne Catherick.
Gig Young As "Walter" And Eleanor Parker As "Laura"
"Laura Fairlie" Recovers Her True Identity and Confronts Count Fosco
"Anne" Warning "Laura" In Dual Role
"Anne" Weeping and Alternately
Smiling At The Graveyard