The Years Between (film)

The Years Between (1946) is a British film directed by Compton Bennett and starring Michael Redgrave, Valerie Hobson and Flora Robson in an adaptation of The Years Between by Daphne du Maurier. It was shot at the Riverside Studios.

The Years Between
Danish poster
Directed byCompton Bennett
Produced bySydney Box
Betty E. Box
Written byMuriel Box
Sydney Box
Based onthe play by Daphne du Maurier
StarringMichael Redgrave
Valerie Hobson
Flora Robson
Music byBenjamin Frankel
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byGordon Hales
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
3 April 1946
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£153,000 (UK) (by July 1953)[1]


The film charts the homecoming of a British MI6 officer, who had been working with the French Resistance and was presumed dead. His wife is about to marry again, and to become an MP, and all must now readjust to the new situation.[2][3]



According to trade papers, the film was a "notable box office attraction" at British cinemas.[4]

Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "an intimate and sometimes touching tale...Intelligently handled by Compton Bennett who directed the drama with an eye toward distilling character and perception from his cast...But it is rather unfortunate that the cast's intense and genuine portrayals are not matched by the over-all effect of this serious but heavy vehicle."[5]

It was the 22nd most popular film at the British box office in 1946 after The Wicked Lady, The Bells of St. Mary's, Piccadilly Incident, The Captive Heart, Road to Utopia, Caravan, Anchors Aweigh, The Corn Is Green, Gilda, The House on 92nd Street, The Overlanders, Appointment with Crime, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, Kitty, Spellbound, Scarlet Street, Men of Two Worlds, Courage of Lassie, Mildred Pierce, The Spiral Staircase and Brief Encounter.[6]


  1. Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 210
  2. IMDB entry
  3. "The Years Between | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  4. Robert Murphy, Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48 2003 p209
  5. A.W. (10 March 1947). "Movie Review - The Years Between - At the Park Avenue". Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  6. "Hollywood Sneaks In 15 Films on '25 Best' List of Arty Britain". The Washington Post. 15 January 1947. p. 2.
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