Don't Ever Leave Me

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For the Jermaine Stewart song, see Don't Ever Leave Me (song).
Don't Ever Leave Me
Original poster
Directed by Arthur Crabtree
Produced by Betty Box
Written by Anthony Armstrong
Starring Petula Clark
Jimmy Hanley
Hugh Sinclair
Music by Lambert Williamson
Cinematography Stephen Dade
Edited by A. Charles Knott
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Don't Ever Leave Me is a 1949 British comedy film directed by Arthur Crabtree and starring Petula Clark, Jimmy Hanley, Hugh Sinclair, Edward Rigby, and Anthony Newley. Produced by Betty Box during her stint at Gainsborough Pictures, it was written by Robert Westerby.


The plot, a variation on The Ransom of Red Chief, revolves around Sheila Farlaine (Clark), the teenaged daughter of Shakespearean tragedian Michael Farlaine (Sinclair), who is kidnapped by elderly crook Harry Denton (Rigby) when it's suggested he no longer has what it takes to be a master criminal.

When Harry starts having second thoughts about the caper, Sheila - tired of playing second fiddle to her egotistical father's career - becomes the mastermind of the plot and resists every effort made by Harry's grandson Jack (Hanley) to return her home before she's discovered missing. Newley is Sheila's boyfriend Jimmy, a potential juvenile delinquent and general nuisance to one and all.

Taking advantage of Clark's vocal abilities, screenwriter Westerby included two scenes in which she sang the tune "It's Not for the Want of Trying" by songwriters Jack Fishman and Peter Hart.

The film, Clark's twelfth, allowed her to play a role more mature than she had in previous outings, and was both a critical and commercial success.



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