MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,040 this week

Serious Charge (1959)

 -  Drama  -  May 1959 (UK)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 65 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 18 Jan 2012
 
a list of 2000 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 167 titles
created 13 Oct 2013
 
a list of 2221 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 56 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Serious Charge" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Serious Charge (1959)

Serious Charge (1959) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Serious Charge.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Cliff Richard and The Shadows arrive in a small Spanish town for a concert when a U.S. plane accidentally drops a mini-bomb on it.The Shadows look for the bomb to return it.

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Cliff Richard, Bruce Welch, Hank B. Marvin
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Eric Portman, Edana Romney, Barbara Mullen
Take Me High (1974)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Merchant banker Tim, excited to hear he's to go to New York, is sent to Birmingham instead to pressure a small struggling restaurant. But he turns this into a positive by falling in love ... See full summary »

Director: David Askey
Stars: Cliff Richard, Deborah Watling, Hugh Griffith
Two a Penny (1970)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A self-centred boy who deals in drugs and disrespect. A little girl lost who turns to religion for solace. Neither is any good for the other, but neither can leave the other one be.

Director: James F. Collier
Stars: Cliff Richard, Dora Bryan, Avril Angers
Black Tights (1961)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic choreographies, all by Roland Petit: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Zizi Jeanmaire
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In London's Soho, Johnny Solo runs the Pink Flamingo Club. He's tough to intimidate. So when he starts getting threats and demands for protection, he fights back. Behind the takeover plot ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Leo Genn, Karlheinz Böhm
Cold Sweat (1970)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A brutal drug trader takes his violent revenge after his wife is captured by a drug boss.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Charles Bronson, James Mason, Liv Ullmann
Triple Cross (1966)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Loosely based on a true story, Christopher Plummer plays British bank robber Eddie Chapman who finds himself caught between the waring parties in WW2, the British and the Germans. working ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Christopher Plummer, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Since the death of his mother, Pascal, ten years old, spends his holidays with his father, the rich Laurent Segur. One day, when diving near the shores of Corse, an aircraft falls into the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Young
Stars: William Holden, Virna Lisi, Bourvil
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Anna Lee, Anna Massey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dr. Sparrow graduates and sets out into the world. Hilarious internships with a miserly doctor and his young wife, a country doctor paid in kind not cash, and a quack specializing in rich ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Donald Sinden
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

May 1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Touch of Hell  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First cinema film of Cliff Richard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Living Doll
Written by Lionel Bart
Performed by Cliff Richard
Accompanied by The Shadows (as The Drifters)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Has anything really changed since 1959?
2 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have only just seen this film on an obscure satellite channel. Way ahead of its time. It would not be out of place if it were remade today (without the awful version of "Livin' Doll"!) Does anyone know who played the youths in the film (apart from Cliff Richard and Andrew Ray) One looked like Nanette Newman and another like Bryan Forbes but they are not mentioned on this site. If it is them perhaps this film is where they met and fell in love.

One thing that struck me as I watched the film is that 46 years on nothing has changed, at least not for the better. A sad indictment on our society.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Location, location, location..... rockallnight
Discuss Serious Charge (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?