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Chance Meeting (1959)

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In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan Van Rooyen has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, resulting in Van Rooyen becoming Scotland Yard's prime suspect.


Joseph Losey


Ben Barzman (screenplay), Millard Lampell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Hardy Krüger ... Jan Van Rooyen (as Hardy Kruger)
Stanley Baker ... Inspector David Evan Morgan
Micheline Presle ... Lady Fenton
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Inspector Westover
Gordon Jackson ... Sergeant
Robert Flemyng ... Sir Brian Lewis
Jack MacGowran ... Postman
Redmond Phillips ... Police Doctor
George Roubicek ... Police Constable
Lee Montague ... Sgt. Farrow


Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyen hurries to keep a rendezvous with Jacquleine Cousteau, an elegant, sophisticated Frenchwoman, slightly his elder, whose relationship with him had turned from art student into one of love trysts. He arrives and is confronted by Detective Police Inspector Morgan who accuses him of having murdered Jacqueline. Morgan listens skeptically to the dazed denials of Van Rooyen as he tells the story of his relationship with the murdered woman. Morgan, after hearing the story, realizes that the mystery has deepened and it becomes more complicated when the Assistant Commissioner, Sir Brian Lewis, explains that Jacqueline was not married but was being kept by Sir Howard Fenton, a high-ranking diplomat whose name must be kept out of the case. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A motion picture brilliantly, mysteriously different... as man is to woman! See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The first of four collaborations between Joseph Losey and Stanley Baker. See more »


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I'm A Lonely Man
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Sung by Hardy Krüger
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Suspenseful murder thriller.
14 February 2021 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

When the body of a woman is found, all the evidence points to a crime of passion and to painter "Jan Van Rooyen" (Hardy Kruger) for whom she was modelling. He insists on his innocence to Scotland Yard's finest "Insp. Morgan" (Stanley Baker) who is sceptical, and under some pressure to put the case to bed. What follows has quite a clever plot, with a seemingly straightforward crime carried out by a man who must be guilty... or is it and must he be? Are we even sure who has been murdered? The execution of the story is akin to a jigsaw puzzle - gradually the pieces begin to fit as the policeman and suspect begin to co-operate and realise there is more than meets the eye going on. I reckon this is one of Joseph Losey's better efforts - he elicits a good, charismatic, effort from Kruger, and he almost manages to defrost the ordinarily stiff Baker with a solid screenplay well delivered.

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Release Date:

29 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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GBP138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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