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Personal Affair (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 January 1954 (USA)
In a 1950s British village, a teenager, who is in love with her Latin language teacher, disappears, prompting the police to investigate the teacher, amidst public rumors of rape and murder.

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Anthony Pelissier

Writer:

Lesley Storm
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Kay Barlow
Leo Genn ... Stephen Barlow
Glynis Johns ... Barbara Vining
Walter Fitzgerald ... Henry Vining
Pamela Brown ... Evelyn
Megs Jenkins ... Vi Vining
Michael Hordern ... Headmaster Griffith
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Usher
Norah Gorsen Norah Gorsen ... Phoebe (as Norah Gaussen)
Nanette Newman ... Sally
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Storyline

Barbara Vining (Glynis Johns) is seventeen-years-old and living with her family in a 1950s postwar English village. Her father, Henry (Walter Fitzgerald), is a newspaper journalist and mother, Vi (Megs Jenkins), a homemaker; her maiden aunt, Evelyn (Pamela Brown) also lives in their home. Barbara attends a co-educational comprehensive school. And, for the first time in her life, Barbara is in love. The object of her affection is a sensitive and handsome gentleman, Stephen Barlow (Leo Genn), who teaches Latin to the graduating class at her school. Barlow is an Englishman, married to a beautiful, but very insecure and lonely American lady, Kay (Gene Tierney). Barbara disappears after a tutoring session at the Barlow home and is "in absentia" for three days. During that time, Stephen Barlow is asked to resign and nearly cautioned by the police, as rumors have run amok throughout the village. Many people, including his wife, are uncertain regarding what to think. Was it simply a case of ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affaire personnelle See more »

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Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Theatrical movie debut of Nanette Newman (Sally). See more »

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Vi Vining: You see sex in everything!
Evelyn: Sex is everything.
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The Damage of idle gossip
12 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After watching Personal Affair my major question is who over at Two Cities Films had the brilliant idea of casting 30 year old Glynis Johns as a love struck teenager? The horrible miscasting ruined what could be a decent film about the damage of idle gossip.

The best speaking voice in the English language Leo Genn plays a school teacher in rural England who teenage Glynis has conceived a passionate crush on. When Genn rolls out those Latin phrases who wouldn't be enthralled, the only voice better is that of Ronald Colman.

But Genn's already married to Gene Tierney and that's beauty enough for anyone. Still after a meeting with Genn where he rejects her advances, Johns disappears and the police start investigating after her father Walter Fitzgerald reports her missing. After that the questions, speculation, and gossip start.

Another problem is something another reviewer pointed out, Tierney and Genn have no real chemistry together. This was another case of American star imported to the United Kingdom to give some American box office draw to one of their films. Who really gives a fine performance is Pamela Brown, Glynis's maiden aunt who is one warped frustrated old maid. Seems like Brown is a modern day Miss Favesham who was jilted and takes it out on whatever humanity happens to be around.

Some better casting and Personal Affair would rate a notch or two higher.


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