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Serious Charge (1959)

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Howard Phillips, a vicar who's new in the town of Bellington, wants to reach out to youth. The previous vicar's daughter, Hester Peters, who fears being a spinster, wants to be his wife. He... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Howard Phillips
Sarah Churchill ...
Hester Peters
Andrew Ray ...
Larry Thompson
Irene Browne ...
Mrs. Phillips
Mr. Thompson
Noel Howlett ...
Wensley Pithey ...
Police Sergeant
Leigh Madison ...
Mary Williams
Judith Furse ...
Probation Officer
Jean Cadell ...
Almshouse Matron
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Olive Sloane ...
Mrs. Browning
George Roderick ...
Curley Thompson
Liliane Brousse ...


Howard Phillips, a vicar who's new in the town of Bellington, wants to reach out to youth. The previous vicar's daughter, Hester Peters, who fears being a spinster, wants to be his wife. He tells her he's not interested. When he confronts a tough kid about something the youth has done, the lad sets out to frame the vicar. Hester, who's walked in on the confrontation, backs the youth's story. The town sides with her and the lad, turning against Phillips. He has a crisis of faith. What options does he have; can no one help him, his reputation, or his calling? Written by <>

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May 1959 (UK)  »

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A Touch of Hell  »

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Reflects attitudes of the era.
26 September 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Anthony Quayle plays a vicar who somehow manages to combine the role of vicar of a parish and professional footballer.He never seems to be doing any training.The fact that he is not married concerns his mother.She encourages a rather past it Sarah Churchill to make a pass at him.Meantime Quayle seems to have his hands full trying to run a youth club for which he really seems to have no aptitude or empathy whatsoever.He seems to make more enemies than friends.His troubles only begin when he rebuffs the advances made to him by Churchill.From thereon it is all downhill for him.Interesting film which preserves the attitudes of the time.Also little is directly said about the sexuality of Quayle' s character.

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