Michael and Mary

Michael and Mary was a 1931 British drama film directed by Victor Saville and starring Elizabeth Allan, Edna Best, Frank Lawton, and Herbert Marshall. This was the first of the Edna Best and Herbert Marshall co-starring talkies. It was based on a play of the same name by A. A. Milne.

Michael and Mary
Directed byVictor Saville
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byA. A. Milne (play)
Lajos Bíró
StarringHerbert Marshall
Edna Best
Frank Lawton
CinematographyLeslie Rowson
Edited byIan Dalrymple
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
4 November 1931
Running time
83 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

With a running time of 76 minutes, it was distributed by Universal Studios. A.A. Milne's story was adapted by Victor Saville and Angus MacPhail.

The play was performed on Friday, 13 December 1929 at the Charles Hopkins Theatre, NY. It starred Henry Hull, Edith Barrett and Harry Beresford.


A young bride (Edna Best) is deserted by her husband (D. A. Clarke-Smith) but finds happiness with another man (Herbert Marshall). They contract a bigamous marriage for the sake of their child (Frank Lawton).

The first husband turns up and starts black-mailing them. During a quarrel with the second husband, he dies. After some complications, their son learns the truth, but stands by them.


The film was voted the third best British movie of 1932.[1]

Radio adaptation

Michael and Mary was presented on Hollywood Sound Stage 20 March 1952. The 30-minute adaptation starred Deborah Kerr and Herbert Marshall.[2]


  1. ""SUNSHINE SUSIE"". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 19 August 1933. p. 19 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  2. Kirby, Walter (16 March 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved 23 May 2015 via Newspapers.com.

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