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No Love for Johnnie (1961)

Johnnie Byrne is a member of the British Parliament. In his 40s, he's feeling frustrated with his life and his personal as well as professional problems tower up over him. His desires to ... See full summary »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Johnnie Byrne
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Fred Andrews
Mary Peach ...
Pauline
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Roger Renfrew
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Mary
Hugh Burden ...
Tim Maxwell
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Alice
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Dr. West
Mervyn Johns ...
Charlie Young
Geoffrey Keen ...
The Prime Minister - Reginald Stevens
Paul Rogers ...
Sydney Johnson
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Flagg
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Henderson
Fenella Fielding ...
Sheilah
Derek Francis ...
Frank
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Johnnie Byrne is a member of the British Parliament. In his 40s, he's feeling frustrated with his life and his personal as well as professional problems tower up over him. His desires to win the next election are endangered by his constant looking for love and he is faced with the choice of giving up a career in politics or giving up the woman he loves. Written by Lars Skogan

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5 July 1961 (West Germany)  »

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Den yparhei agapi gia sena  »

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Although this film was based on a novel by a serving Labour Member of Parliament (who had died before it appeared), it was widely regarded by critics as none-too-subtle propaganda for the Conservatives, of whom the head of the studio was a vocal supporter. See more »

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I like Johnnie
23 January 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

`No Love for Johnnie' is an enjoyable political drama whose sub-plot concerns the doomed love affair between the main character and a much younger woman. The nature of this relationship is undermined by the fact that 42 year old Johnnie Byrne is played by handsome, virile Peter Finch whereas Mary Peach playing 20 looks nearer 30 and Byrne's job as an MP in a Labour government would presumably make him even more attractive - remember Henry Kissinger's remark about the aphrodisiac nature of power?

The film takes a conventionally cynical view of politics; the Labour cabinet is referred to as `a gang of lawyers and university lecturers' so nothing much has changed since 1961. I felt that there was one too many shots of the admittedly magnificent Palace of Westminster from the other bank of the Thames and I certainly could not see any reason for Cinemascope as the action is almost exclusively indoors.

Stanley Holloway, always good value, playing a fellow-MP acts as a sort of conscious to Byrne but see if you can spot Oliver Reed in one scene with a waste-paper basket over his head, even then a party animal! And the brilliant Billie Whitelaw turns a neighbour who is little more than a doormat into a fully rounded character.

Maybe the `red menace' lurking in the background dates `No Love for Johnnie' but I found it most involving.


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