This Is My Street

This Is My Street is a 1964 kitchen sink British drama film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Ian Hendry,[1] June Ritchie, Avice Landone, John Hurt and Meredith Edwards.[2] The screenplay is by Bill MacIlwraith from a novel by Nan Maynard. It concerns a bored housewife living in a run-down inner city London house who begins an affair with the lodger, a salesman.[3]

This Is My Street
British quad poster by Tom Chantrell
Directed bySidney Hayers
Produced byJack Hanbury
Peter Rogers
Screenplay byBill MacIlwraith
Based onnovel This Is My Street by Nan Maynard
StarringIan Hendry
June Ritchie
Music byEric Rogers
CinematographyAlan Hume
Edited byRoger Cherrill
Production
company
Peter Rogers Productions (as Adder Productions)
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Release date
15 January 1964 (London)(UK)
Running time
94 min
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Plot

Battersea housewife Margery (June Ritchie) lives a life of drudgery in a working class area of terraced housing with her feckless husband (Mike Pratt) and her small daughter. Lodging next door with her mother is Harry (Ian Hendry), a flashy salesman and nightclub owner who repeatedly attempts to seduce Marge. At first showing little interest, Marge finally gives in after he helps find her missing daughter. Harry eventually tires of Marge, and turns his attentions to her younger, educated sister, Jinny (Annette Andre) who has returned from college. Jinny has a boyfriend, hospital doctor Paul (Tom Adams); the two men, with their differing class backgrounds, show mutual resentment of each other, with Paul implying Harry is a barrow boy. Marge is still-infatuated with Harry and jealous of Jinny, and when she discovers Harry plans to marry her sister, she attempts to kill herself – leaving a suicide note exposing her affair with Harry.

Cast

Critical reception

The Radio Times called it "a well-written, nicely shot squalor fest";[4] Allmovie called it an "unsavory British programmer";[5] Britmovie noted a "Sixties’ backstreets bedroom drama adapted from Nan Maynard’s rather middling novel. Director Sidney Hayers fashions an interesting drama amid the sordid squalor of London and creates a number of genuinely sympathetic characters. Ian Hendry giving a performance of compelling magnetic brilliance as the jack-the-lad charmer capable of turning from seducer to scoundrel and back again in the blink of an eye";[6] and TV Guide wrote, "The even direction smooths over the ugly plot of a mean little womanizer...Hendry and Ritchie exude interesting chemistry together, and the movie spins right along while they are on the screen."[7]

References

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