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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 / 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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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 »


When Judith wakes up and suspects Carlo has killed her husband as in the novel she is wearing her night clothes and a gown. When she rushes to the river she is wearing expensive day clothes and high heel shoes. See more »


Berceuse in D Flat Major
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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18 August 2019 | by dsewizzrd-10906See all my reviews

Sydney and Muriel Box wrote and Peter Rogers (of Carry On fame) produced this experimental film, which doesn't quite work, the bit in the middle is too long. An authoress employs a driver for her husband paralysed by polio. Then the film switches to colour when it replays the novel she writes about the driver when he reads it. This bit is very wooden and corny, and goes on for so long you think that's all there is to the film.

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