The Impassive Footman

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The Impassive Footman
Directed by Basil Dean
Produced by Basil Dean
Written by Herman C. McNeile (play)
Harold Dearden
John Farrow
John Paddy Carstairs
Starring Owen Nares
Betty Stockfeld
Allan Jeayes
George Curzon
Music by Ernest Irving
Cinematography Robert Martin
Edited by Otto Ludwig
Ernest Aldridge
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release dates
July 1932
Running time
70 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Impassive Footman is a 1932 British, low-budget "quota quickie"[1] drama film directed by Basil Dean and starring Owen Nares, Betty Stockfeld, Allan Jeayes and George Curzon.[2] The film was made at Ealing Studios with sets designed by Edward Carrick. It was also released under the alternative title Woman in Bondage.


On a cruise ship, Mrs Marwood becomes involved in a platonic relationship with the ship's doctor who treats her hypochondriac husband. This leads to a series of violent quarrels, all witnessed by the family's footman who is the only one who knows entirely what is going on.




  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.

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