Personal Affair

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Personal Affair
"Personal Affair".jpg
Directed by Anthony Pelissier
Produced by Antony Darnsborough
Written by Lesley Storm from her play "A Day's Mischief"
Starring Gene Tierney
Leo Genn
Glynis Johns
Music by William Alwyn
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Frederick Wilson
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
21 December 1953 (UK)
15 October 1954 (US)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Personal Affair is a 1953 British drama film directed by Anthony Pelissier and starring Gene Tierney, Leo Genn, and Glynis Johns.[1][2][3] It was made at Pinewood Studios by Two Cities Films.

Plot summary[edit]

Teenager Barbara Vining (Glynis Johns) has an unrequited crush on her Latin-language teacher, Stephen Barlow (Leo Genn). When Barlow's wife Kay (Gene Tierney) finds out, she confronts Barbara, who is humiliated and runs off. Stephen chases after her near a river to try to calm her down.

Barbara does not return home to her parents Henry (Walter Fitzgerald) and Vi (Megs Jenkins) for three days. During that time, Stephen is accused by the community, without any evidence, of causing her death losing him his job and nearly his marriage. Barbara's gossipy spinster Aunt Evelyn (Pamela Brown), who lives with the family, makes the situation worse with her innuendo.


Critical reaction[edit]

The film was reviewed by Bosley Crowther of The New York Times in the 23 October 1954 edition. Crowther called the film "a decent, eventually tedious film".[4]


  1. ^ Variety film review; 28 October 1953, page 6.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; 9 January 1954, page 6.
  3. ^ Monthly Film Bulletin review; 1953, page 160.
  4. ^ Crowther, Bosley (23 October 1954). "Personal Affair (1953) - The Screen in Review". New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 

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