A French Mistress

Film, Comedy
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One of the great disappointments in post-war British film history is the decline of the Boulting Brothers. It's a mystery how film-makers capable of turning out thrillers as accomplished as Brighton Rock and Seven Days to Noon spent the latter half of their career churning out flaccid satirical comedies. This effort, set in an English public school, is typical late Boulting nonsense, a prurient yarn about how excited teachers and students alike become when a glamorous new female teacher arrives on their doorstep. There's a certain pleasure in seeing warhorses like Justice and Parker try to out-ham one another, but no hiding the feebleness of the material (from a play by Robert Munro) or the Boultings' approach to it.

By: GM

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roy Boulting
Screenwriter: Roy Boulting, Jeffrey Dell
Cast: James Robertson Justice
Cecil Parker
Raymond Huntley
Ian Bannen
Agnès Laurent
Irene Handl
Kenneth Griffith
Thorley Walters
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