The Impassive Footman

The Impassive Footman is a 1932 British, low-budget "quota quickie"[1] drama film directed by Basil Dean and starring Owen Nares, Betty Stockfeld, Allan Jeayes and George Curzon.[2] The film's sets were designed by Edward Carrick. It was also released under the alternative title Woman in Bondage.

The Impassive Footman
The servant George Curzon towers over his master Allan Jeayes
Directed byBasil Dean
Produced byBasil Dean
Written byHerman C. McNeile (play)
Harold Dearden
John Farrow
John Paddy Carstairs
StarringOwen Nares
Betty Stockfeld
Allan Jeayes
George Curzon
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyRobert Martin
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Ernest Aldridge
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • July 1932 (1932-07)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


On a cruise ship, Mrs Marwood becomes involved in a platonic relationship with the ship's doctor who treats her hypochondriac husband. This leads to a series of violent quarrels, all witnessed by the family's footman who is the only one who knows entirely what is going on.




  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
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