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Libel (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 6 May 1960 (Finland)
A shell-shocked WWII veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sir Mark Loddon / Frank Welney / Number Fifteen
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Lady Margaret Loddon
Paul Massie ...
Jeffrey Buckenham
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Sir Wilfred
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Hubert Foxley (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Gerald Loddon
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The Judge
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Richard Dimbleby
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Schrott
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Maisie
Toke Townley ...
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Deering Wells ...
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The Guide
Ivan Samson ...
Admiral Loddon
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Michael Loddon
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A Canadian commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interview with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, that he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney. The Canadian, the baronet, and the actor were all prisoners in the same German camp during the war and escaped together. One of them disappeared during the escape. Was he Sir Mark or Welney? The tabloids have a field day with the Canadian's accusations and Lady Maggie urges her husband to sue for libel and engage the distinguished barrister Sir Wilfred. The long-drawn-out case is made complex by the fact that Sir Mark himself is not quite sure of his identity. Injured in the war, he stutters on occasion and has difficulty remembering portions of his life. As the evidence sways back and forth in court, it begins to appear that Sir Mark is an impostor and the possible murderer of the missing baronet. Even his wife is convinced of his guilt and turns against him. She ... Written by alfiehitchie

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The jury had to decide, was he living a lie ? Was he Lover or Stranger ? See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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6 May 1960 (Finland)  »

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La noche es mi enemiga  »

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Budget:

$615,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$245,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,170,000, 31 December 1959
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In opening credits, Arthur Davey is listed as In Charge of Adminstration; no way of missing the obvious error - it takes up half the screen; of course, it should be Administration. How can such glaring errors be missed by editors. See more »

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Well acted drama
28 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

It is a real treat to see Olivia de Havilland and Dirk Bogard together in a film. In fact, it was this unusual paring that prompted me to view this drama on the TMC Network.

The acting is just fine, as one would expect from these two fine performers. The rest of the cast is likewise excellent.

The quirk rests in the script. Assuming Bogardd's character had amnesia right up until the day before the final court summation, it would depend on whether the jury believed his story--thus avoiding a sentencing for perjury. That part is left unresolved, with the film ending before the final settlement is made. Likewise left hanging is the brutal, deliberate assault Bogarde's character admits to performing during the war. It's either a sentence for unaggravated assault or attempted murder, either of which would carry a stiff prison sentence. So it's not quite the peaceful, romantic finale the movie suggests.

The writers crafted a mighty web of plotting here, and the wonder is that this cast is able to bring it off so convincingly.


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