GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery Story byJosephine Tey CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date20 February 1951 Based onthe novel by Josephine Tey WriterRobert Hall, Lawrence Huntington, Josephine Tey (novel) ProductionAssociated British Picture Corporation CastMichael Denison (Robert Blair), Dulcie Gray (Marion Sharpe), Anthony Nicholls (Kevin McDermott), Marjorie Fielding (Mrs. Sharpe), Athene Seyler (Aunt Lin), John Bailey (John Bailey ... Det Insp Grant) Similar moviesRelated Lawrence Huntington movies
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The Franchise Affair is a 1951 British thriller film directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Anthony Nicholls and Marjorie Fielding. It is a faithful adaptation of the novel The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey.
In a quiet English town, schoolgirl Betty Kane (Ann Stephens) claims that the owners of an isolated house, spinster Marion Sharpe (Dulcie Gray) and Marion's mother (Marjorie Fielding), kidnapped and beat her. The police believe Betty's story, but local lawyer Robert Blair (Michael Denison), a bachelor, is sceptical. Risking ostracism from the community, Blair quietly sets about proving the innocence of the two women.
Michael Denison - Robert Blair
Dulcie Gray - Marion Sharpe
Anthony Nicholls - Kevin McDermott
Marjorie Fielding - Mrs Sharpe
Athene Seyler - Aunt Lin
John Bailey - Detective Inspector Grant
Ann Stephens - Betty Kane
Hy Hazell - Mrs Chadwick
Kenneth More - Stanley Peters
Avice Landone - Mrs Wynn
Maureen Glynne - Rose Glynn
Peter Jones - Bernard Chadwick
Moultrie Kelsall - Judge
Martin Boddey - Inspector Hallam
Patrick Troughton - Bill Brough
The New York Times wrote, "a great many words are spoken and a great deal of tea is consumed in a low-budget British picture, "The Franchise Affair," which made a bedraggled appearance at the Little Carnegie yesterday. And, as may be readily imagined, the sum total of it all is an hour and a half of sheer boredom, unrelieved by any action or surprise."
Sky Movies wrote, "a neat, well-constructed whodunit - or, rather, was-it-done? - graced by good performances - it was one of several films husband-and-wife team Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray made together - and a leisurely but literate script. Although modest in ambition, the film sustains its drama throughout and there are some fine moments of spicy, English upper-crust wit. Its courtroom scenes also bring a welcome relief from the Perry Mason style of histrionics. Star-spotters can't miss Kenneth More in a small role."