A Lady Mislaid

A Lady Mislaid is a 1958 British comedy film directed by David MacDonald and starring Phyllis Calvert, Alan White and Thorley Walters.[1] It is based on a 1948 play of the same name by Kenneth Horne.[2]

A Lady Mislaid
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Directed byDavid MacDonald
Produced byRobert Hall
Written byFrederick Gotfurt
Based onA Lady Mislaid
by Kenneth Horne
StarringPhyllis Calvert
Alan White
Thorley Walters
Gillian Owen
Music bySydney John Kay
CinematographyNorman Warwick
Edited bySeymour Logie
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Esther (Phyllis Calvert) and her sister Jennifer (Gillian Owen) are spinsters on holiday in a remote country cottage. Things take a dramatic turn when a policeman (Alan White) calls, searching for the body of the former tenant's wife. When a human skeleton is unearthed in a chicken coup, the finger of suspicion points firmly at the previous occupant, Mr. Smith (Thorley Walters).


Critical reception

The Radio Times gave the film two out of five stars, and wrote, "A quaint idea and a decent cast make perfectly respectable entertainment out of an hour-long British programmer, but there's not much more to be said for it."[3]


  1. "A Lady Mislaid (1958)".
  2. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter via Google Books.
  3. "A Lady Mislaid - Film from RadioTimes".
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