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While the main character, Laura, is far too mopey at first for my taste, once the story gets going it's incredibly compelling. The film is dazzlingly romantic, and really quite heart-breaking at the end. I loved that the affair was never about the physical aspect of a relationship, but rather about the emotional connection - it made the whole thing much more poignant. I can see why this is such an enduring classic.
|Celia Johnson||Laura Jesson|
|Trevor Howard||Dr. Alec Harvey|
|Stanley Holloway||Albert Godby|
|Joyce Carey||Myrtle Bagot|
|Cyril Raymond||Fred Jesson|
|Everley Gregg||Dolly Messiter|
|Marjorie Mars||Mary Norton|
|Margaret Barton||Beryl Walters, Tea Room Assistant|
|Alfie Bass||Waiter at the Royal|
|Noel Coward||Theatre Play|
|Robert Krasker||Director of Photography|
|Lawrence P. Williams||Art Direction|
|George Blackwell||Special Effects|
|Noel Coward||Story Contributor|
"A story of the most precious moments in woman's life!"
The film takes place around the end of 1938. Laura Jesson (Johnson), a suburban housewife in a dull but affectionate marriage, tells her story in the first person while at home with her husband, imagining that she is confessing her affair to him.Conventional Laura, like many women of her class at that time, goes to a nearby town every Thursday for shopping and to the cinema for a matinée. Returning from one such excursion to Milford, while waiting in the railway station, she is helped by another passenger to remove a piece of grit from her eye. The passenger is Alec Harvey (Howard), an idealistic doctor who also works one day a week as a consultant at the local hospital. Both are in their later thirties, and each is married with two children.
Theatrical : 1946-08-24 : United States of America
DVD : 2004-09-07
DVD : 2000-06-27