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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.

Personal Affair
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Directed byAnthony Pelissier
Produced byAntony Darnsborough
Written byLesley Storm from her play "A Day's Mischief"
StarringGene Tierney
Leo Genn
Glynis Johns
Music byWilliam Alwyn
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
20 October 1953 (UK)
15 October 1954 (US)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summaryEdit

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 almost his marriage. Barbara's gossipy spinster Aunt Evelyn (Pamela Brown), who lives with the family, makes the situation worse with her innuendo.


Critical reactionEdit

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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