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A Question of Adultery (1958)

Mark Loring is madly jealous of his wife, Mary, former American cabaret singer. Due to an automobile accident, she loses her unborn child, and Mark becomes sterile. His father, Brit-stuffy ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie London ... Mary Loring
Anthony Steel ... Mark Loring
Basil Sydney ... Sir John Loring
Donald Houston ... Mr. Jacobus
Anton Diffring ... Carl Dieter
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Dr. Cameron
Frank Thring ... Mr. Stanley
Conrad Phillips ... Mario
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Judge
Arthur Gomez Arthur Gomez ... Spanish Doctor
Georgina Cookson ... Mrs. Duncan
Richard Caldicot ... Mr. Duncan
John Rae John Rae ... Jury Foreman
Mary Mackenzie Mary Mackenzie ... Nurse Parsons
John Fabian John Fabian ... Ist Barrister


Mark Loring is madly jealous of his wife, Mary, former American cabaret singer. Due to an automobile accident, she loses her unborn child, and Mark becomes sterile. His father, Brit-stuffy Sir John Loring, has never approved of the marriage and, again, tries to break it up. Believing that a child will hold the marriage together, Mary suggests artificial insemination to Mark, who finally agrees to accompany her to a clinic in Switzerland. However, when she is again pregnant, Mark finds it impossible to reconcile himself to the situation and leaves her. Prompted by his father, Mark sues for divorce, accusing her of adultery. She contests the divorce and a trial concerns itself with whether or not artificial insemination is a question of adultery. The Catholic Church's National League of Decency placed this film on its Condemned" list. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

10 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of Mrs. Loring See more »

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Connaught Place See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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My Strange Affair
Words and Music by Bobby Troup
Performed by Julie London (uncredited)
[Sung over end titles]
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Kynaston Reeves has the last line
14 July 2017 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

A bit talky, this film examines whether artificial insemination can be legally construed as adultery.Anthony Steel is married to American Julie London and due to his upbringing always becomes insanely jealous if another man approaches and talks to his wife.A racing car driver by profession, he is driving a Jaguar "D" type in a Spanish race when he starts kicking off with another jealous rage.Julie is driving them home when a Spanish peasant leads his donkey out into the road in front of them both.Inevitably a crash occurs and Anthony Steel's character becomes impotent.They decide to cement their marriage by going to Switzerland to a clinic which provides artificial insemination and which is run by good old Dr.Cameron (Andrew Cruckshank) of Dr.Finlays Casebook fame .The misunderstanding arises when Anton Diffring, (for once playing a "goody" and not a rabid Nazi), helps Julie recover from a skiing accident.Anthony Steel goes into a jealous rage when he realises perforce they have spent the night together in Anton's mountain chalet (because of a mountain storm).Basil Sydney, playing Anthony Steel's father never liked Julie as his son's wife and tries to part the couple by convincing his son to sue his wife for adultery with Anton.

It was good to see Frank Thring playing his usual ominous role here of prosecuting counsel as in the same year (1958), he had played the sadistic Saxon king in "The Vikings".In conclusion I wondered why a simple blood test on Anton Diffring's character would have proved whether or not he could have been the natural father of Julie's baby which we never see because it has not been born in the film.However we do get to hear Julie's soft voice singing in a night club scene.Kynaston Reeves I remember from the 1950s Children's' BBC TV playing Quwelch from "Billy Bunter".Yes a bit talky but I rated it 6/10.

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