The Gypsy and the Gentleman

The Gypsy and the Gentleman is a 1958 British costume drama film directed by Joseph Losey. It stars Melina Mercouri and Keith Michell.[1][2]

The Gypsy and the Gentleman
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Directed byJoseph Losey
Screenplay byJanet Green
Based onnovel Darkness I Leave You by Nina Warner Hooks
Produced byMaurice Cowan
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byReginald Beck
Music byHans May
Distributed byRank Film Distributors
Release date
  • 15 January 1958 (1958-01-15) (London,UK)
Running time
103 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


The beautiful and fiery gypsy Belle (Melina Mercouri) marries Regency playboy Sir Paul Deverill (Keith Michell) for his money. Unbeknownst to her he has squandered his fortune and is desperately in debt. When Deverill's sister Sarah (June Laverick) inherits a fortune, the couple's frustrated plots to steal it from her lead to their eventual demise.



The male lead was meant to be played by Michael Craig who went to meet with Losey and felt the director "treated me like an idiot." Craig refused to play the role, and was replaced by Keith Michell.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Derek Winnert wrote, "The movie is hardly director Losey’s usual cup of tea, but he tries to get some bite into the gold-digger themes and the 18th century rural England period setting. And the whirlwind Mercouri acts up a storm, certainly ringing that Belle loud and clear."[4]


  1. ^ "The Gypsy and the Gentleman (1958) - Joseph Losey - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "The Gypsy and the Gentleman (1958)".
  3. ^ Craig, Michael (2005). The Smallest Giant: An Actor's Life. Allen and Unwin. p. 78.
  4. ^ "The Gypsy and the Gentlemen *** (1958, Melina Mercouri, Keith Michell, Flora Robson, Patrick McGoohan, June Laverick, Helen Haye, Lyndon Brook) – Classic Movie Review 5848 - Derek Winnert".

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