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Personal Affair (1953)

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82 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Barbara Vining is 17 years old and living with her family in a 1950s postwar English village. Her father, Henry, is a newspaper journalist and mother, Vi, a homemaker; her maiden aunt, Evelyn also lives in their home. Barbara attends a ...See moreBarbara Vining is 17 years old and living with her family in a 1950s postwar English village. Her father, Henry, is a newspaper journalist and mother, Vi, a homemaker; her maiden aunt, Evelyn also lives in their home. Barbara attends a coeducational comprehensive school. And, for the first time in her life, Barbara is in love. The object of her affection is a sensitive and handsome gentleman, Stephen Barlow, who teaches Latin to the graduating class at her school. Barlow is an Englishman, married to a beautiful, but very insecure and lonely American lady, Kay. Barbara disappears after a tutoring session at the Barlow home and is "in absentia" for three days. During that time, Barlow is asked to resign and nearly cautioned by the police, as rumors have run amok throughout the village. Many people, including his wife, are uncertain regarding what to think. Was it simply a case of unrequited love or did Stephen Barlow have a torrid affair with young Barbara? Is she dead by her own hand, is she murdered or has she simply disappeared? When three days elapse, Barbara appears and many questions are answered. But, in the tradition of British film, many more questions remain. Written by LA-Lawyer See less
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Reginald H. Wyer (as Reginald Wyer)
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Updated Oct 20, 1953

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Jan 15, 1954 (United States)

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23 cast members
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Gene Tierney
Kay Barlow Kay Barlow   See fewer
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Leo Genn
Stephen Barlow Stephen Barlow   See fewer
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Glynis Johns
Barbara Vining Barbara Vining   See fewer
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Walter Fitzgerald
Henry Vining Henry Vining   See fewer
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Pamela Brown
Evelyn Evelyn   See fewer
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Megs Jenkins
Vi Vining Vi Vining   See fewer
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Michael Hordern
Headmaster Griffith Headmaster Griffith   See fewer
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Thora Hird
Mrs. Usher Mrs. Usher   See fewer
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Norah Gorsen
Phoebe (as Norah Gaussen) Phoebe (as Norah Gaussen)   See fewer
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Pamela Binns
Young Sally (uncredited) Young Sally (uncredited)   See fewer
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Martin Boddey
Police Insp. Fred Garland (uncredited) Police Insp. Fred Garland (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Brennan
Police Officer (uncredited) Police Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peggy Ann Clifford
3rd Gossip (uncredited) 3rd Gossip (uncredited)   See fewer
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Everley Gregg
Mrs. Welsh (uncredited) Mrs. Welsh (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lucy Griffiths
2nd Gossip (uncredited) 2nd Gossip (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philo Hauser
Thin Man in Telephone Box (uncredited) Thin Man in Telephone Box (uncredited)   See fewer
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Noel Hood
4th Gossip (uncredited) 4th Gossip (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Horsley
Parson (uncredited) Parson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Avice Landone
1st Gossip (uncredited) 1st Gossip (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Ripper
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Man in News Room (uncredited) Man in News Room (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mela White
Cockney Girl (uncredited) Cockney Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 300 votes