Life for Ruth

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Life for Ruth
"Life for Ruth" (1962).jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Basil Dearden
Michael Relph
Written by Janet Green
Starring Michael Craig
Patrick McGoohan
Janet Munro
Music by William Alwyn
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Distributed by Rank (UK)
Release date
30 August 1962 (World Premiere, London)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £126,800[1]
Box office £53,788 (by 1971)[1]

Life for Ruth is a 1962 British drama film produced by Michael Relph directed by Basil Dearden and starring Michael Craig, Patrick McGoohan and Janet Munro.

The film had its World Premiere on 30 August 1962 at the Leicester Square Theatre in London's West End.[2]


John Harris finds himself ostracized and placed on trial for allowing his daughter Ruth to die. His religious beliefs forbade him to give consent for a blood transfusion that would have saved her life. Doctor Brown is determined to seek justice for what he sees as the needless death of a young girl.


Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times wrote of the film, "in avoiding blatant bias, mawkish sentimentality and theatrical flamboyance, it makes a statement that is dramatic, powerful and provocative."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p248
  2. ^ The Times online archive 30/8/1962 page 2
  3. ^ A.H. Weiler (1966-09-12). "Movie Review - Life For Ruth - Screen: Faith and Law:'Walk in the Shadow' Is Disturbingly Real". Retrieved 2014-03-13.

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