The End of the Affair (1955 film)
|The End of the Affair|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Edward Dmytryk|
|Produced by||David Lewis|
|Screenplay by||Lenore Coffee|
|Based on||The End of the Affair|
by Graham Greene
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Edited by||Alan Osbiston|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The End of the Affair is a 1955 British romantic drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based on Graham Greene's 1951 novel of the same name. The film stars Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, Peter Cushing and John Mills. It was filmed largely on location in London, particularly in and around Chester Terrace. The film was entered into the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.
The writer Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) recalls his time in London towards and following the end of World War II. He meets, at her sherry party, Sarah Miles (Deborah Kerr), the wife of civil servant, Henry Miles (Peter Cushing), who he hopes to include in his next novel. They become lovers after he sees her kissing another man. After his rooms are bombed when they are together there, she ends their relationship and he suffers from the delayed shock from the bombing and from her ending the affair.
After their break-up and the end of the war, Bendrix encounters Henry, who invites him for a drink at his home, especially as Sarah will not be there. Henry confides that he suspects Sarah is unfaithful and has looked into engaging a private investigator, but then decides against it. Sarah returns home before Bendrix leaves and is curt with him. Bendrix follows through with hiring a private detective agency on his own account. They come across information which suggests that Sarah is being unfaithful, which Bendrix shares with Henry in revenge.
Bendrix then obtains Sarah's diary via the private investigator which reveals that Sarah is not having an affair and that she promised God to give Bendrix up if he returned from apparent death in the bombing. Sarah had to resolve her infidelity with Bendrix, her prayer for Bendrix to be alive, her relationship with God and her marriage during her discussions, sometimes extended, with a priest. She eventually resolves to abandon Henry and live with Bendrix but Henry tells her how much he needs her and she promises to stay.
- Deborah Kerr as Sarah Miles
- Van Johnson as Maurice Bendrix
- John Mills as Albert Parkis
- Peter Cushing as Henry Miles
- Michael Goodliffe as Smythe
- Stephen Murray as Father Crompton
- Charles Goldner as Savage
- Nora Swinburne as Mrs. Bertram
- Frederick Leister as Dr Collingwood
- Mary Williams as Maid
- O'Donovan Shiell as Doctor
- Elsie Wagstaff as Bendrix's Landlady
- Christopher Warbey as Lancelot Parkis
- Nan Munro as Mrs Tomkins
- Joyce Carey as Miss Palmer
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