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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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Terence Young

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Guy Elmes (screenplay), Mickey Delamar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quayle ... Howard Phillips
Sarah Churchill Sarah Churchill ... Hester Peters
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Larry Thompson
Irene Browne ... Mrs. Phillips
Percy Herbert ... Mr. Thompson
Noel Howlett ... Mr. Peters
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Police Sergeant
Leigh Madison ... Mary Williams
Judith Furse ... Probation Officer
Jean Cadell Jean Cadell ... Almshouse Matron
Wilfrid Brambell Wilfrid Brambell ... Verger
Olive Sloane ... Mrs. Browning
George Roderick ... Fishmonger
Cliff Richard ... Curley Thompson
Liliane Brousse ... 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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Never Has the Screen Been So Bold!

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Touch of Hell See more »

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Alva Films (Denham) See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

The song, "Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows (as The Drifters) was released as a single (in a different arrangement) as a spin off from this film. It was a British #1, and was the top-selling song of 1959. See more »

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

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No Turning Back
by Lionel Bart
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Accompanied by The Shadows (as The Drifters) (uncredited)
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Early British film highlighting homosexuality
12 October 2015 | by a.lampertSee all my reviews

Intriguing British drama about a priest, underplayed brilliantly by Anthony Quale, who also is a bit of a local football hero, tries to bring redemption to the local teddy boys, this being 1959, and appears to avoid women like the plague, the implication being, is he gay or not? It all comes to a head when the main thug, played by Andrew Ray, gets a girl pregnant, and after a tragic accident, is confronted by Quale who is then falsely accused of 'interferring' with Ray, a quaint 1950's way of saying he molested him. Sarah Churchill, who is perhaps a bit old for her role, she was in her mid 40's at the time, holds the key to his innocence in the matter and eventually it all plays out but we are left wondering still, was he supposed to be gay or not? I don't think we were meant to really know as it was 1959 and mainstream films only ever dropped hints back then. At one point, Percy Herbert, playing Andrew Ray's violent father says, ' We haven't got one of them in the parish have we?'. Apparently back then, it was alright to beat the hell out of your son with a strap, backed up by the local copper, but not to be gay, clearly a despicable state of being then. Nevertheless, very interesting to compare how things have changed, and I do remember when people thought like this, but best of all, a wonderful performance by Anthony Quale who hold the film together with some otherwise dodgy performances, like Cliff Richard's first acting role.


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