Adam and Evelyne
Adam and Evelyne – 1949 | 70 mins | Romance, Comedy | B&W
Sophisticated romantic comedy featuring British cinema’s hottest couple at the time; Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons married the following year. Harold French‘s direction is stolid but the film is exuberantly performed by its two stars and their rapport carries the weak venture to triumph.
Evelyne (Jean Simmons) is an orphanage girl who receives letters from Adam Black, who she believes is her father. In fact her real father is a failing gambler who uses Adam (Stewart Granger) to disguise his misfortune from her. Dying, he begs his old friend Adam, a society playboy, to care for his daughter. Subsequently, Evelyne leaves the orphanage and moves in; Adam and his butler Bill (Edwin Styles) lavish her with fine clothes and surroundings, telling her that Adam is a wealthy financier.
Neither Adam nor Bill has the heart to tell Evelyne the truth because she accepts Adam as her real father, so leave it to his fiancée Moira (Helen Cherry) to deliver the devastating news. As she grows up, and returns from a Swiss finishing school, Adam begins to fall head over heels in love with her but says nothing about his feelings. His resentful girlfriend and brother Roddy (Raymond Young) join forces and attempt to wreck their loving relationship by arranging a police ambush at Adam’s luxurious casino, just as the girl is arriving for a visit. But with the advice of wisely old gambler Colonel Bradley (Wilfrid Hyde-White) ringing in her ears, instead of driving a wedge between them the episode brings the pair closer together.
Harold French: Director
Paul Sheriff : Art Direction
Guy Green: Cinematography
John D Guthridge: Editing
Mischa Spoliansky: Original Music
Harold French: Producer
Lesley Storm: Script
Nicholas Phipps: Script