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Personal Affair (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 15 January 1954 (USA)
Barbara Vining is 17 years old and living with her family in a 1950s postwar English village. Her father, Henry, is a newspaper journalist and mother, Vi, a homemaker; her maiden aunt, ... See full summary »





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Complete credited cast:
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Henry Vining
Pamela Brown ...
Megs Jenkins ...
Vi Vining
Headmaster Griffith
Mrs. Usher
Norah Gorsen ...
Phoebe (as Norah Gaussen)
Nanette Newman ...


Barbara Vining is 17 years old and living with her family in a 1950s postwar English village. Her father, Henry, is a newspaper journalist and mother, Vi, a homemaker; her maiden aunt, Evelyn also lives in their home. Barbara attends a coeducational comprehensive school. And, for the first time in her life, Barbara is in love. The object of her affection is a sensitive and handsome gentleman, Stephen Barlow, who teaches Latin to the graduating class at her school. Barlow is an Englishman, married to a beautiful, but very insecure and lonely American lady, Kay. Barbara disappears after a tutoring session at the Barlow home and is "in absentia" for three days. During that time, Barlow is asked to resign and nearly cautioned by the police, as rumors have run amok throughout the village. Many people, including his wife, are uncertain regarding what to think. Was it simply a case of unrequited love or did Stephen Barlow have a torrid affair with young Barbara? Is she dead by her own hand, ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

15 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Affaire personnelle  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first film of Nanette Newman. See more »


Vi Vining: You see sex in everything!
Evelyn: Sex is everything.
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Interesting exploration of gossip
14 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taunt tight suspenseful drama, I don't want to to say to much about the plot. Gene Tierney is very good in this very talkie film. Tierney is expressive and restrained and gives a great performance. Despite a few flaws in the script the film held my attention. Leo Genn was also very good as the besieged teacher, nice to see him in as a leading man. Glynis Johns seems a little too mature for the part of a teenage girl, overlooking that a nice performance. Pamela Brown is wonderful as the bitter Aunt. The direction seemed very controlled. Overall an interesting film about gossip and the damage it can do to peoples lives. The performances from the two stars to supporting cast make this Film, Tierney and Genn stands out. The strong production value of the film is grade A. Beautifully filmed in England.

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