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The Durant Affair (1962)

| Drama | May 1962 (UK)
When society hostess Ethel Durant dies leaving a vast estate, the search begins for the rightful heir. Believed to have died childless, it soon becomes clear that Ethel's life before her ... See full summary »


Godfrey Grayson


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Credited cast:
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Mary Grant
Conrad Phillips ... Julian Armour
Nigel Green ... Sir Patrick
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Mario Costello
Richard Caldicot ... The Judge
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Roland Farley
Ann Lancaster Ann Lancaster
Katharine Pate Katharine Pate ... Ethel Durant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Manservant


When society hostess Ethel Durant dies leaving a vast estate, the search begins for the rightful heir. Believed to have died childless, it soon becomes clear that Ethel's life before her rise to fortune was shrouded in mystery and controversy.

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Mildly interesting British B drama about an unexpected heiress to a fortune
15 April 2010 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

It is generally assumed that 'the sixties' began on January 1, 1960, but that is incorrect. 'The sixties' as such began in the late summer and early autumn of 1963. Before that, the 1950s continued unabated and British B films such as this continued to be cranked out, which were pure 'fifties' in style and content, many of them directed by Godfrey Grayson, of whose 28 rather undistinguished films this was the last. This film has a mildly interesting story about a girl in her thirties who never knew who her mother was, and who is contacted by the solicitor of her mother, who had confessed on her deathbed that she had this illegitimate daughter whom she had abandoned as an infant. Jane Griffiths, who died at the age of only 46 in 1975, plays this daughter. Like all but one performer in this film (Nigel Green), Griffiths was not at all famous in her profession. Green plays a QC (Queen's Counsel, the highest level of British barrister) who ruthlessly cross-examines witnesses in the trial concerning the inheritance. Green in this role is the usual cold and steely-eyed character which he played to great effect in film after film. Apart from him, the entire cast have left little legacy to posterity and could be described as essentially 'unknowns', as were most of of the actors appearing in these low-budget B films, produced by Dantziger Productions, which ceased making films in this very year, after one last effort, having produced 84 unmemorable films in twelve years, not one of which is remembered today. I do not wish to be too unkind about this film. It is rather contrived and corny, and the performances are not scintillating, but the film still manages to be interesting enough not to turn it off.

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