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Private Information
Original British quad poster
Directed byFergus McDonell
Screenplay byGordon Glennon
John Baines
Ronald Kinnoch
Based onplay Garden City by Gordon Glennon[1]
Produced byRonald Kinnoch
StarringJill Esmond
Jack Watling
Gerard Heinz
Carol Marsh
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byTom Simpson
Music byH.M. Farrar
Distributed byMonarch Film Corporation
Release date
  • 1 May 1952 (1952-05-01)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Private Information is a 1952 British drama film directed by Fergus McDonell and starring Jill Esmond, Jack Watling and Carol Marsh. It was made at Walton Studios as a second feature.[2]


A woman battles against corruption in her local council.


Critical reception[edit]

It was one of 15 films selected by Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane in The British 'B' Film, their survey of British B films, as among the most meritorious of the B films made in Britain between World War II and 1970. They noted that it "develops its issue with the venalities of local government and sub-standard housing in calm and sufficient detail to establish its seriousness of purpose", which was "skillfully interwoven with the elements of personal drama". They added that "the screenplay seems to have been worked on with rather more care than was routinely the case with B films". They also praised the "carefully observed performance" by Jill Esmond, "a fine, undervalued stage actress".[3]


  1. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Private Information (1952)". Archived from the original on 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 267–68.