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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.

Director:

Muriel Box
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... Roger Wynter / Sir Clement
Margaret Leighton ... Judith Wynter / Leonie Hathaway
Patricia Dainton ... Emily / Betty
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
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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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Comedy

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Trivia

The Morris dancers at the fair are "Beaux of London City". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Judith Wynter: Darling, I have to ask you to tell Mario to leave. This afternoon in the Summerhouse, he was professing his love for me.
Roger Wynter: [gleefully] Oh, high spirits perhaps.
Judith Wynter: It was awful, Mrs Poldy saw us, she was very upset.
Roger Wynter: Why, is he in love with her too ?
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Revolutionary Study
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Enjoyable performance by Margaret Leighton
21 April 2020 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Though there are one or two flaws in the construction of this comedy-drama, I found them quite easy to overlook, disarmed by the charming performance from Margaret Leighton. She works so well with Ralph Richardson, though they had acted together before on stage and screen. A reliable supporting cast too, including Carlo Giustini whom I hadn't imagined had his voice dubbed. I wonder if the use of both black and white and colour photography was inspired by A Matter Of Life And Death, only in that case Colour signified the vividness of real life whereas here it is used to express the heightened reality of melodrama.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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