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Serious Charge (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 January 1960 (Sweden)
Howard Phillips, a vicar who's new in the town of Bellington, wants to reach out to youth. The previous vicar's daughter, Hester Peters, who fears being a spinster, wants to be his wife. He... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Howard Phillips
Sarah Churchill ... Hester Peters
Andrew Ray ... Larry Thompson
... Mrs. Phillips
... Mr. Thompson
... Mr. Peters
Wensley Pithey ... Police Sergeant
... Mary Williams
... Probation Officer
Jean Cadell ... Almshouse Matron
Wilfrid Brambell ... Verger
... Mrs. Browning
... Fishmonger
... Curley Thompson
... Michelle
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Howard Phillips, a vicar who's new in the town of Bellington, wants to reach out to youth. The previous vicar's daughter, Hester Peters, who fears being a spinster, wants to be his wife. He tells her he's not interested. When he confronts a tough kid about something the youth has done, the lad sets out to frame the vicar. Hester, who's walked in on the confrontation, backs the youth's story. The town sides with her and the lad, turning against Phillips. He has a crisis of faith. What options does he have; can no one help him, his reputation, or his calling? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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Chinchilla
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by Randy Starr and Dick Wolf
Performed by The Shadows (as The Drifters) (uncredited)
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Has anything really changed since 1959?
2 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have only just seen this film on an obscure satellite channel. Way ahead of its time. It would not be out of place if it were remade today (without the awful version of "Livin' Doll"!) Does anyone know who played the youths in the film (apart from Cliff Richard and Andrew Ray) One looked like Nanette Newman and another like Bryan Forbes but they are not mentioned on this site. If it is them perhaps this film is where they met and fell in love.

One thing that struck me as I watched the film is that 46 years on nothing has changed, at least not for the better. A sad indictment on our society.


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