The Silken Affair

The Silken Affair is a 1956 British romantic comedy film directed by Roy Kellino and starring David Niven, Geneviève Page, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Joan Sims, Irene Handl and Ronald Squire.[1][2] The screenplay concerns an accountant who is creative with his firm's books and uses the money to fund a romantic spree.

The Silken Affair
Directed byRoy Kellino
Produced byFred Feldkamp
Written byRobert Lewis Taylor
Story byJohn McCarten
StarringDavid Niven
Music byPeggy Stuart
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byRichard Best
Dragon Films
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures (UK)
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
  • 2 October 1956 (1956-10-02) (London, UK)
  • 2 September 1957 (1957-09-02) (US)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

In the Radio Times, David McGillivray called it a "frivolous romantic comedy," in which, "the theme was exploited much more effectively 20 years later in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild",[3] while TV Guide wrote, "This film tries to be a light, stylish British comedy in the sophisticated manner that is one of Britain's best exports; however, the plot is too implausible and the script doesn't give the actors much to work with. The direction compensates somewhat in a handsome looking production. The cast does give it their all, with Niven in his usual witty performance and international leading lady Page as the love interest, winning kudos from the critics for her debut in English films".[4]


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