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The Years Between (1946)

An MP who had been reportedly killed in action during the war, unexpectedly returns to his family, only to find that his wife has been persuaded to take his seat in the House of Commons.

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Daphne Du Maurier (play), Muriel Box (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Redgrave ... Michael Wentworth
Valerie Hobson ... Diana Wentworth
Flora Robson ... Nanny
James McKechnie James McKechnie ... Richard Llewellyn
Felix Aylmer ... Sir Ernest Foster
Dulcie Gray ... Judy
John Gilpin John Gilpin ... Robin Wentworth
Edward Rigby ... Postman
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Alice
Wylie Watson ... Venning
Esma Cannon ... Effie
Lyn Evans Lyn Evans ... Ames
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Atherton
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Old Man
Katie Johnson ... Old Man's Wife
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An MP who had been reportedly killed in action during the war, unexpectedly returns to his family, only to find that his wife has been persuaded to take his seat in the House of Commons.

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The Author of "Rebecca" and the Director of "The Seventh Veil" combine their talents in another great motion picture!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Jahre dazwischen See more »

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Sydney Box Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film starts with a caption saying "June 1940" as news is received of the death of one of the characters. We see various diary entries, including one saying he's been sent to war - this one is dated "December 8th 1941." See more »

Quotes

Venning: She's a peach!
Nanny: Who?
Venning: Mrs Wentworth.
Nanny: I suppose you could call her that, yes.
Venning: I'll say you could. She's a proper eyeful and no mistake. I bet the boys came buzzing around when they thought the guv'nor was gone for good, eh?
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Ranks idea of homecoming
16 January 2006 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

The problem about this film is that it admits that the end of the war caused a great deal of marital disharmony and divorces but does not go the whole hog.Unfortunately it does not inhabit the world of the folk who would be watching this in their local Odeons.It had to be about a resistance organiser who is also an MP and his wife who has taken over his seat on the presumption of his death.Then he(Michael Redgrave)turns up having been held in captivity and wants to assume that everything should be as it was before the war.His wife initially does not.At this point the film is i believe reasonably accurate.However given the censorship of the times the most likely outcome is ignored.Whislt there are moments of interest i have to say that notwithstanding the understated performances of all concerned this is far too earnest and dull.


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