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Libel (1959)

 -  Drama  -  6 May 1960 (Finland)
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A shell-shocked WWII veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

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Sir Mark Sebastian Loddon / Frank Welney
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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
Richard Wattis ...
The Judge
Richard Dimbleby ...
Himself
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Schrott
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Maisie
Toke Townley ...
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Deering Wells ...
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Ivan Samson ...
Adm. 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 original Broadway production of "Libel", produced in 1935, was directed by Otto Preminger, years before he made his Hollywood debut as a film director. See more »

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Better than expected
20 February 2011 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Having just seen "Libel" on TCM, I was pleasantly surprised....certainly, it is not a great film, but still was very entertaining, and the settings were extremely well done. The story line has been done before, but the acting of some very good English stalwarts plus Olivia de Havilland as an American wife to an English Baron, makes it well worth watching. Dirk Bogarde (never a favourite of mine) does an excellent job in a dual role, and is ably supported by Robert Morley, Paul Massie and Wilfred Hyde-White. There is no doubt that the producers of this film have come up with a film that still stands up today, and be proud of the end result. There are some very clever twists and the use of flash-backs was excellent. I can recommend this to everyone


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