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The Happy Valley (1987)

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In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder.

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Juanita Carberry
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Helen Tapsell
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Waiganjo
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Frank Lazarus ...
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Abdulla Sunado ...
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Oliver Rowe ...
Ian Eatwell
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In Kenya, East Africa, the English aristocracy are famed for lavish parties where champagne, morphine and open affairs are in vogue. When a young girl learns of a murder within that circle, her life is made increasingly unpleasant by those involved. Written by <wyohwy@hotmail.com>

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"Elspeth Huxley: A Biography" by Christine Nicholls, published in 2007, names the killer after 66 years. Coincidently, there was renewed interest in the murder after fashion designer Isabella Blow, granddaughter of Delves Broughton, took her own life the same year. See more »

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I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
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Written by Roy K. Marsh, Ray Egan and Tom Pitts
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I think this film should be viewed on its overall merits, rather than incidents, which are central to Juanita Carberry's story.
5 February 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

It is difficult to disagree that the floggings of Juanita Carberry were, perhaps, excessive, but it was she who exposed Jock Delves- Broughton's confession. Compared with "White Mischief", this is a far superior film, better acted, particularly by Holly Aird & Michael Byrne who is wholly repellent as Jack Carberry - which may have provoked the disgust expressed in the other review. Denholm Elliot, an actor who has always managed to get into the essence of the characters he portrays, is outstanding as Broughton. The sense of period is imaginatively evoked, the settings realistic and one really feels that this is what was happening in Kenya during the war; bored people trying to justify their empty lives. It really deserves to be issued in DVD format


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