The Courtneys of Curzon Street

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The Courtneys of Curzon Street
"The Courtneys of Curzon Street" (1947).jpg
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Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Produced byGeorge Maynard
Herbert Wilcox
Written byFlorence Tranter (story)
Nicholas Phipps
StarringAnna Neagle
Michael Wilding
Music byAnthony Collins
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited byVera Campbell
Flora Newton
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Imperadio)
Distributed byBritish Lion Films(UK)
Release date
  • 11 April 1947 (1947-04-11)
Running time
120 minutes (UK)
112 minutes (US)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office₤317,836 (UK)[1]

The Courtneys of Curzon Street (also titled The Courtney Affair or Kathy's Love Affair, in the U.S.) is a 1947 British drama film starring Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding.

The film is one of the most seen British films of all time, with 15.9 million tickets sold at the cinema.[2]


The son of a baronet shocks class-conscious 1900 British society by marrying an Irish servant. The film chronicles 45 years in their lives together and apart, through the Boer War and WWI and WWII.



It was originally known as Scarlet and Pure Gold.[3] The film was produced at the Shepperton Film Studios in Surrey. The title was changed when the film was released in the U.S. and in other countries', having been screened in many European countries and Scandinavia.


Box Office[edit]

It was the most popular film at the British box office for 1947.[4][5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

  • called it an "entertaining romantic saga spanning three generations." [7]
  • The New York Times wrote, "the romantic drama creaks soggily through three generations." [8]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000
  2. ^ Channel 4, top 100 film audiences (17th)
  3. ^ BUSY DAYS IN LONDON: Film Studios Move Into High Gear, With Full Schedule of Pictures Under Way Films Coming Up In Father's Footsteps Notes in Brief By C.A. LEJEUNE. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Aug 1946: 51.
  4. ^ "Anna Neagle Most Popular Actress". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 3 January 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ JAMES MASON 1947 FILM FAVOURITE The Irish Times (1921-Current File) [Dublin, Ireland] 2 Jan 1948: 7.
  6. ^ Thumim, Janet. "The popular cash and culture in the postwar British cinema industry". Screen. Vol. 32 no. 3. p. 258.
  7. ^ "Courtneys of Curzon Street, The". Film4. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  8. ^ H. H. T. (3 July 1952). "Movie Review – The Courtney Affair – THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Two British Imports, Combined in Double Bill, Open at Beacon and Midtown Theatres". Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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