Pink String and Sealing Wax

Pink String and Sealing Wax is a 1945 British drama film directed by Robert Hamer and starring Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers and Gordon Jackson. It is based on a play with the same name by Roland Pertwee. It was the first feature film Robert Hamer directed on his own.[2]

Pink String and Sealing Wax
Directed byRobert Hamer
Produced byMichael Balcon
Screenplay byDiana Morgan
Based onPink String and Sealing Wax (play)
by Roland Pertwee
StarringMervyn Johns
Googie Withers
Gordon Jackson
Music byNorman Demuth
CinematographyStanley Pavey
Edited byMichael Truman
Distributed byEagle-Lion Distrib. Ltd [1]
Release date
  • 3 December 1945 (1945-12-03) (UK [2])
Running time
95 minutes [1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

The wife of a pub landlord in Victorian Brighton, who is having an affair, wants to rid herself of her abusive husband. To accomplish this she befriends a young man who works in his father's chemist shop and thus has access to poison.

Main cast


The film premiered in London on 3 December 1945 at the Tivoli Cinema on The Strand and the Marble Arch Pavilion. The critic in The Times praised Googie Withers and Gordon Jackson for their roles, and concluded that Robert Hamer, "has made, in spite of occasional lapses and longueurs, a promising beginning as a director."[2]


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