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Serious Charge (1959)

| Drama | May 1959 (UK)
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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Howard Phillips
Sarah Churchill ...
Hester Peters
Andrew Ray ...
Larry Thompson
Irene Browne ...
Mrs. Phillips
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Mr. Thompson
Noel Howlett ...
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
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Curley Thompson
Liliane Brousse ...
Michelle
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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 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>

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First cinema film of Cliff Richard. See more »

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Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

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No Turning Back
Written by Lionel Bart
Performed by Cliff Richard
Accompanied by The Shadows (as The Drifters)
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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.


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