Personal Affair – 1953 | 82 mins | Crime, Drama | B&W
Low-key British drama illustrating the ease with which the most robust relationship can become irretrievably damaged by gossip in a small rural community. The somewhat overheated and unconvincing drama, adapted by Lesley Storm from his play A Day’s Mischief, nevertheless manages to remain engaging throughout despite an overly preachy finale. The performances are for the most part first rate, and imported Hollywood beautyGene Tierney heads the cast to improve overseas marketing.
Impulsive teenage pupil Barbara Vining (GlynisJohns) becomes infatuated with her teacher, Stephen Barlow (Leo Genn). Barlow’s wife, Kay (Gene Tierney), confrontsthe 17-year-old about her obsession; advising the girl to get over hermisguided crush. Soon after Barbara disappears, and the town gossips assumethat the girl is dead – and suspicion falls on the luckless schoolmaster.
Anthony Pelissier: Director
Cedric Dawe: Art Direction
Reginald H Wyer: Cinematography
Joan Ellacott: Costume Design
Frederick Wilson: Film Editing
WT Partleton: Makeup Department
William Alwyn: Original Music
Antony Darnborough: Producer
Lesley Storm: Script
Gordon K McCallum: Sound Department
Harry Miller: Sound Department
John W Mitchell: Sound Department