A French Mistress
|A French Mistress|
|Directed by||Roy Boulting|
|Produced by||John Boulting|
|Screenplay by||Roy Boulting
|Based on||"The French Mistress"|
|Starring||James Robertson Justice
|Music by||John Addison|
|Editing by||John Jympson|
|Studio||Charter Film Productions|
|Distributed by||Films Around the World
Warner Home Video
|Running time||98 minutes|
A French Mistress is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Roy Boulting and starring Cecil Parker, James Robertson Justice, Agnès Laurent, Ian Bannen, Raymond Huntley, Irene Handl and Thorley Walters.
It is based on a stage play, "The French Mistress" by Robert Monro, first produced in 1959 at the Theatre Royal Windsor, starring Sonnie Hale.
A young French woman, Madaleine Lafarge (Laurent), is appointed as a French teacher at a rather old-fashioned English public school which is not used to women teachers. She causes a stir and complications ensue.
A romance develops between her and the headmaster's son (Bannen) who is also a teacher at the school. The headmaster (Parker) is concerned as he comes to believe that she is really his daughter, from an affair he had during a holiday in France in his youth. He attempts to stop the romance by sacking her so that she will go back to France, but the boys go on strike and nearly riot. It transpires at the end that there has been a misunderstanding, which means that she cannot be his daughter.
This is basically a rather lightweight British comedy film typical of its time, with a cast of veteran British character actors, although with a slightly prurient touch.
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