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A Novel Affair (1957)

The Passionate Stranger (original title)
A chauffeur gets the wrong idea when he reads his lady boss's erotic novel.


Muriel Box


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... Roger Wynter / Sir Clement
Margaret Leighton ... Judith Wynter / Leonie Hathaway
Patricia Dainton ... Emily / Betty
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Carlo / Mario
Ada Reeve ... Old Woman
Andree Melly ... Marla
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Poldy
Michael Shepley ... Miles Easter
Thorley Walters ... Jimmy
George Woodbridge ... 1st Landlord
Allan Cuthbertson ... Dr. Stevenson
John Arnatt ... Maurice Lamport / Martin
Barbara Archer Barbara Archer ... Doris - the Barmaid
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Poldy
Megs Jenkins ... Millie


A chauffeur gets the wrong idea when he reads his lady boss's erotic novel.

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How sophisticated can a husband be? Can he write even when he finds his wife and chauffeur between the covers of the season's naughtiest novel?




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Release Date:

4 March 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


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Black and White (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Italian actor Carlo Gustini couldn't master the technique of matching his voice to his lip movements on-screen for re-recording his dialogue. So Robert Rietty was brought in to post synch it. See more »


At 15m 50s of the movie, Carlo gets back into the car after taking Judith to town, there are a number of cars driving past. In the next shot the street has no cars at all. See more »


Scherzo in C Sharp Minor
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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total waste of talent
15 October 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This film is really hard going,particularly the fantasy sequence.The only noticeable feature being the number of dress changes by Margaret Leighton.I watched the trailer after the film on the DVD only to be very surprised to see that the film was sold as a powerful drama,relying only on the colour sequences,without mentioning that they were a fantasy.In fact it has to be said that the black and white bookends are far better than the interminable colour sequence.

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