24 Hours of a Woman's Life

24 Hours of a Woman's Life, also known as Affair in Monte Carlo, is a 1952 British romantic drama film directed by Victor Saville and starring Merle Oberon. It is loosely based on the novella by Stefan Zweig.[2][3][4]

24 Hours of a Woman's Life
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Directed byVictor Saville
Produced byIvan Foxwell
Written byWarren Chetham Strode
Based onnovella Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman by Stefan Zweig
StarringMerle Oberon
Richard Todd
Music byRobert Gill
Philip Green
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byRichard Best
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé
Release date
  • September 10, 1952 (1952-09-10) (London)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£95,702 (UK)[1]


Monsieur Blanc, the middle-aged proprietor of a café in Antibes, is eagerly preparing for his wedding to Henriette. He is devastated, however, when Henriette runs away with a young man she apparently only met the day before. Robert Sterling, a writer and one of the café patrons, tells the other diners that he has seen the same thing before: someone falling in love with a complete stranger.

He was playing host to Linda, a young widow whom he knew well, and three other guests aboard his yacht anchored in Monte Carlo. When he persuades her to visit the casino one night, she became irresistibly attracted to an unstable young man who became suicidal after losing all his money at roulette. Sterling describes how they fell deeply in love, and how they then had to face difficult decisions about the future.


Critical reception

The Spectator described it as "a film of such artificiality and bathos the very typewriter keys cling together to avoid describing it."[5] TV Guide called the film a "poor sudser, although the background of the romantic Riviera and its fabulous casino provides some exotic interest."[6]


  1. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p499
  2. Nicholas Lezard (20 September 2003). "Review: Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman by Stefan Zweig | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. Affair in Monte Carlo at TCMDB
  4. "24 Hours of a Woman's Life | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  5. "CINEMA » 11 Sep 1952 » The Spectator Archive". Archive.spectator.co.uk. 11 September 1952. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  6. "Affair In Monte Carlo Review". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
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