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Serious Charge (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1960 (USA)
A vicar falsely accused of assaulting a youth attempts to prove his innocence and save his reputation.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Guy Elmes (screenplay), Mickey Delamar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quayle ... Rev. Howard Phillips
Sarah Churchill Sarah Churchill ... Hester Peters
Andrew Ray ... Larry Thompson
Irene Browne ... Mrs. Phillips
Percy Herbert ... Bill Thompson
Noel Howlett ... Rev. Peters
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Police Sergeant Harrison
Leigh Madison ... Mary Williams
Judith Furse ... Miss Langton - Probation Officer
Jean Cadell ... Almshouse Matron
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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Theatrical movie debut of Cliff Richard, who received an "introducing" credit. See more »

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Featured in A Bit of Scarlet (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Chinchilla
(Theme)
by Randy Starr and Dick Wolf
Performed by The Shadows (as The Drifters) (uncredited)
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A serious and intelligence picture
20 July 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Very daring for its day (1959) "Serious Charge" may now look very much like a period piece yet this British movie about a vicar falsely accused of molesting a teenage boy still packs a punch thanks in large part to a fine script by Guy Elmes and Mickey Delamar and good performances from Anthony Quayle as the vicar, Andrew Ray as the boy who makes the allegation, Sarah Churchill as the woman who has the hots for Quayle and, perhaps best of all, Irene Browne as Quayle's no-nonsense mother. It was also the film that introduced a young Cliff Richard to the big screen as Ray's younger brother, (he sings "Livin' Doll"). Now Cliff and the teenage teraways are the films weakest links which in all other respects treats its subject seriously and with a surprising degree of intelligence. It's almost unimaginable that a similar film would have been made in America at this time.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1960 (USA) 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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1.37 : 1
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