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. Facing death following a riding accident, a man spends his final days arranging the future romantic needs of his wife.
|To Have and to Hold|
|Directed by||Godfrey Grayson|
|Produced by||Anthony Hinds|
|Screenplay by||Reginald Long|
Godfrey Grayson (shooting script)
|Based on||the play To Have and to Hold by Lionel Brown|
|Starring||Avis Scott |
|Music by||Frank Spencer|
|Cinematography||Walter J. Harvey|
|Edited by||James Needs|
|Distributed by||Exclusive Films (UK)|
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.
The Radio Times noted "A non-starry but well-played little drama, claustrophobic, certainly not uninteresting, but not quite good enough"; whereas Britmovie called it a "Stiff upper lip romantic melodrama, not quite so bad as it sounds."
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