This Is My Street

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This Is My Street
"This is My Street" (1964).jpg
British quad poster by Tom Chantrell
Directed by Sidney Hayers
Produced by Jack Hanbury
Peter Rogers
Screenplay by Bill MacIlwraith
Based on novel This Is My Street by Nan Maynard
Starring Ian Hendry
June Ritchie
Music by Eric Rogers
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Roger Cherrill
Peter Rogers Productions (as Adder Productions)
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Release date
15 January 1964 (London)(UK)
Running time
94 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

This Is My Street is a 1964 British drama film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Ian Hendry,[1] June Ritchie, Avice Landone, John Hurt and Meredith Edwards.[2] The screenplay is by Bill MacIlwraith from a novel by Nan Maynard. A bored housewife living in a run down inner city London house begins an affair with the lodger, a salesman.[3] DVD Release March 2014


Battersea housewife Margery (June Ritchie) lives a life of drudgery in a working class terrace with her feckless husband (Mike Pratt) and her small daughter. Lodging next door with her mother is Harry (Ian Hendry), a flashy salesman and nightclub owner who repeatedly attempts to seduce Marge. At first showing little interest, Marge finally gives in after he helps find her missing daughter. Harry eventually tires of Marge, and turns his attentions to her younger, educated sister, Jinny (Annette Andre). Marge though, is infatuated, and when she discovers Harry plans to marry her sister, she attempts to kill herself – leaving a suicide note exposing her affair with Harry.


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times called it "a well-written, nicely shot squalor fest"; [4]Allmovie called it an "unsavory British programmer"; [5] Britmovie noted a "Sixties’ backstreets bedroom drama adapted from Nan Maynard’s rather middling novel. Director Sidney Hayers fashions an interesting drama amid the sordid squalor of London and creates a number of genuinely sympathetic characters. Ian Hendry giving a performance of compelling magnetic brillianceas the jack-the-lad charmer capable of turning from seducer to scoundrel and back again in the blink of an eye";[6] and TV Guide wrote, "The even direction smooths over the ugly plot of a mean little womanizer...Hendry and Ritchie exude interesting chemistry together, and the movie spins right along while they are on the screen." [7]


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