6.8/10
103
6 user

I Believe in You (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 24 July 1952 (Sweden)
A drama about parole officers to follow the successful Ealing police story of _Blue Lamp, The (1950)_. Various sub-plots follow the parole officers and their charges.

Writers:

(based on a book by), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sapphire (1959)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An elderly woman is murdered by a thief, with the only witness a blind girl whom the killer returns to silence permanently.

Director: Wolf Rilla
Stars: Patricia Dainton, Conrad Phillips, Madge Ryan
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races.

Director: Anthony Pelissier
Stars: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Swinging coffee bars, cigarettes, jazz, youthful delinquency and a copper gets killed. Did Adam Faith pull the trigger? Can Anne Baxter prove his innocence in time?

Director: Leslie Norman
Stars: Anne Baxter, Donald Sinden, Adam Faith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An elderly British schoolmaster is upset when a new teacher comes to the school and is an immediate success with the boys. The older man thinks he isn't getting the respect he deserves.

Director: Lawrence Huntington
Stars: David Farrar, Marius Goring, Greta Gynt
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Hilliard née Ashley, are getting a Kay-initiated Reno ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller
Stars: June Allyson, Joan Collins, Dolores Gray
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1941 in wartime UK, two Irish brothers working for the IRA come against their local leader's ruthless methods.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Beatty
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An English scientist runs away from a research center with an atomic bomb. In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister he threatens to blow up the center of London if the Government ... See full summary »

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Stars: Barry Jones, André Morell, Olive Sloane
Breakout (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1943, an Italian-administered POW camp for captured Allies goes through a series of failed escapes only to culminate in a daring plan for a literally-dramatic mass escape.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Richard Todd, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Phipps
... Matty
... Hooker
... Norma
George Relph ... Mr. Dove
Godfrey Tearle ... Mr. Pyke
Ernest Jay ... Mr. Quayle
... Jordie
Stanley Escane ... Buck
Cyril Waites ... Dai
Ursula Howells ... Hon. Ursula
... Sergeant Body
... Miss Macklin
... Mrs. Crockett
Brenda de Banzie ... Mrs. Hooker (as Brenda De Banzie)
Edit

Storyline

A drama about parole officers to follow the successful Ealing police story of _Blue Lamp, The (1950)_. Various sub-plots follow the parole officers and their charges.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

parole | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Would YOU say the words she longs to hear? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 July 1952 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Acredito em Ti  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Gaumont Kalee Recording) (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Orchard's first film. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Middle Class Do-Goodery
18 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

"I Believe in You" is a semi-documentary film about the work of the British Probation Service; it was inspired by the success of the recent "The Blue Lamp", which told a similar story about the police. Henry Phipps, an officer in the Colonial Service recently made redundant, becomes a probation officer, and the film follows the progress of his career and the lives of some of his clients. Towards the end the film veers away from its documentary approach in favour of a greater "human interest" slant as two of Phipps' charges, Charlie Hooker and Norma Hart, become involved in a love-triangle. Charlie and Norma are both basically decent at heart, even if they are also wild and rebellious, but the third party to the triangle, Jordie Bennett, although handsome and flashy enough to turn Norma's head, is little more than a vicious thug.

One thing that comes across from the film is just how upper-middle-class the British Probation Service was in the early fifties. There was a widespread belief among the haute bourgeoisie at this period that they knew, far better than the working classes did themselves, just how the working classes should live their lives. (This attitude, by the way, was by no means confined to the political Right. The Labour leader Clement Attlee and several of his front-bench colleagues had been educated at public schools and this was the era when a Labour minister could reassure the people that "the Man in the Ministry really does know best"). Phipps is clearly a well-to-do gentleman who lives in a luxurious West End home, speaks with a public school accent and can cheerfully admit that he has never before visited any working class area of London. His colleague Mrs Matheson advises him not to go out on visits wearing his Savile Road suit and smart overcoat, fearing that the sight of such sartorial elegance will alienate his clients, but as "Matty" is played by Celia Johnson, an actress whose cut-glass accent could make a duchess sound like a guttersnipe, I felt that she might have paid more attention to the beam in her own eye.

Johnson has never been my favourite actress, but Cecil Parker succeeds in making Phipps a reasonably likable figure, well-meaning despite an occasionally patronising manner. Parker had a fairly small range as an actor, and at times could be very dull (as he was, for example, in "The Wreck of the Mary Deare") but this is one of his better performances. The film also features two young actors who were to go on to become major stars. Laurence Harvey is convincingly menacing as Jordie and Joan Collins, in one of her earliest film appearances, surprisingly good as Norma.

I say "surprisingly" because in recent decades, ever since Fontaine Khaled in "The Stud" and "The Bitch" and Alexis Carrington in "Dynasty", the idea has grown up that Collins was a one-trick pony who specialised in playing upper-class bitches, glamorous and seductive but fundamentally untrustworthy. In the earlier part of her career, however, she had a much greater range. She did, admittedly, take some unsympathetic parts in the fifties; Sadie in "Our Girl Friday" is a spoilt little minx and Joan's character in "Land of the Pharaohs" is essentially a younger Alexis transported back in time to ancient Egypt. Norma, however, is very different, and not merely because of her working-class background. She may have gone off the rails but remains a vulnerable young woman beneath her brassy, defiant exterior. This is why Phipps reassures her, in the words of the film's title, that "I believe in you".

For all its atmosphere of middle-class do-goodery, the film is actually quite professionally put together. It looks very dated from the viewpoint of 2016, but in 1952 it must have had considerable interest for film-goers. The cinema of this period, when it dealt with crime, generally did so in terms of retributive justice and a "cops good, robbers bad" attitude. "I Believe in You" showed audiences that there was another, more gentle side to the criminal justice system and that rehabilitation could be as important as punishment. 6/10


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed