A Hazard of Hearts

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A Hazard of Hearts
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Distributed by Gainsborough Pictures
Directed by John Hough
Produced by Albert Fennell
John Hough
Written by Barbara Cartland (novel)
Terence Feely
Based on A Hazard of Hearts 
by Barbara Cartland
Starring Diana Rigg
Edward Fox
Helena Bonham Carter
Fiona Fullerton
Music by Laurie Johnson
Cinematography Frank Watts
Editing by Robert C. Dearberg
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Original channel CBS
Release date
  • 27 December 1987 (1987-12-27)
Running time 90 minutes

A Hazard of Hearts is a made-for-television romantic film starring Helena Bonham Carter in one of her first major roles. Based on a novel by Barbara Cartland, it was released in 1987.


Compulsive gambler, Sir Giles Staverley, is tricked into gambling away his home by his old adversary Lord Harry Wrotham. As Staverley is distraught and desperate, Wrotham gives him one last chance - he will gamble everything Staverley has lost against Staverley's daughter's hand in marriage and her trust fund of 80,000 guineas. Staverley agrees and loses once again, but unable to face his daughter, Serena, he kills himself. Lord Justin Vulcan, a notoriously cool, clear-headed gambler, challenges Wrotham for the house and the girl and, much to Wrotham's disgust, wins. Justin now finds himself in possession of the house and Serena, but has no idea of what to do with them. After meeting Serena and realising that she is much younger and more attractive than he had imagined, he installs her as a guest at Mandrake, his family home, despite the opposition of Justin's mother, Lady Harriet Vulcan. As Lady Vulcan attempts to marry Serena off to anyone except her son, Serena and Justin become friends and he teaches her about Mandrake, the home he loves. A crisis forces Serena and Justin to confront their feelings for each other. Can the course of true love run smoothly for them?


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