To Have and to Hold (1951 film)

To Have and to Hold is a 1951 British drama film directed by Godfrey Grayson and starring Avis Scott, Patrick Barr and Robert Ayres.[1][2] Facing death following a riding accident, a man spends his final days arranging the future romantic needs of his wife.[3]

To Have and to Hold
Directed byGodfrey Grayson
Produced byAnthony Hinds
Screenplay byReginald Long
Godfrey Grayson (shooting script)
Based onthe play To Have and to Hold by Lionel Brown
StarringAvis Scott
Patrick Barr
Robert Ayres
Music byFrank Spencer
Reginald Long
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJames Needs
Distributed byExclusive Films (UK)
Release date
  • March 1951 (1951-03) (UK)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Following a riding accident, country gentleman Brian Harding (Patrick Barr) is crippled and facing imminent death. His final days are spent arranging the future security of his wife and daughter (Avis Scott & Eunice Gayson). This extends to encouraging his wife to developing one of her male friendships into a romantic relationship.


Critical reception

The Radio Times noted "A non-starry but well-played little drama, claustrophobic, certainly not uninteresting, but not quite good enough";[4] whereas Britmovie called it a "Stiff upper lip romantic melodrama, not quite so bad as it sounds."[5]



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