The Franchise Affair (film)
The Franchise Affair is a 1951 British thriller film directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Anthony Nicholls and Marjorie Fielding. It is a faithful adaptation of the novel The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey.
|The Franchise Affair|
UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||Lawrence Huntington|
|Produced by||Robert Hall|
|Written by||Robert Hall|
|Based on||the novel by Josephine Tey|
|Music by||Philip Green|
|Edited by||Clifford Boote|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé|
|20 February 1951|
|Box office||£117,966 (UK)|
In a quiet English town, schoolgirl Betty Kane (Ann Stephens) claims that the owners of an isolated house, spinster Marion Sharpe (Dulcie Gray) and Marion's mother (Marjorie Fielding), kidnapped and beat her. The police believe Betty's story, but local lawyer Robert Blair (Michael Denison), a bachelor, is sceptical. Risking ostracism from the community, Blair quietly sets about proving the innocence of the two women.
- Michael Denison - Robert Blair
- Dulcie Gray - Marion Sharpe
- Anthony Nicholls - Kevin McDermott
- Marjorie Fielding - Mrs Sharpe
- Athene Seyler - Aunt Lin
- John Bailey - Detective Inspector Grant
- Ann Stephens - Betty Kane
- Hy Hazell - Mrs Chadwick
- Kenneth More - Stanley Peters
- Avice Landone - Mrs Wynn
- Maureen Glynne - Rose Glynn
- Peter Jones - Bernard Chadwick
- Moultrie Kelsall - Judge
- Martin Boddey - Inspector Hallam
- Patrick Troughton - Bill Brough
- Victor Maddern as Bus Mechanic
- Harold Lang (actor) as Bus Inspector
- The New York Times wrote, "a great many words are spoken and a great deal of tea is consumed in a low-budget British picture, "The Franchise Affair," which made a bedraggled appearance at the Little Carnegie yesterday. And, as may be readily imagined, the sum total of it all is an hour and a half of sheer boredom, unrelieved by any action or surprise."
- Sky Movies wrote, "a neat, well-constructed whodunit - or, rather, was-it-done? - graced by good performances - it was one of several films husband-and-wife team Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray made together - and a leisurely but literate script. Although modest in ambition, the film sustains its drama throughout and there are some fine moments of spicy, English upper-crust wit. Its courtroom scenes also bring a welcome relief from the Perry Mason style of histrionics. Star-spotters can't miss Kenneth More in a small role."
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p493
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- Crowther, Bosley (6 June 1952). "Movie Review - The Franchise Affair - THE SCREEN". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "The Franchise Affair - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2014.