clever and thought-provoking film
from the Fifties that is very much a
story of its time; about a very young
and innocent teenaged couple who
fall in love and send each other touching
romantic letters one of
intercepted by the girls father, who
totally misconstrues the contents
causing hurt and destroying trust in The Young And The Guilty...
YOUNG TEENAGERS DEEPLY IN LOVE, clever schoolboy Eddie Marshall (Andrew Ray:
The Yellow Balloon; Woman In A Dressing Gown) and fellow student, shy
and dreamy Sue Connor (Janet Munro: Swiss Family Robinson; The Day The Earth
Caught Fire), already believe that they want to marry and live happily ever
In their touching, poetic and romantic letters they declare their love for each
other and Eddie tells Sue that he thinks of himself as her husband and she as
his wife. But when Sue's concerned father George (Edward Chapman) reads one
of the letters they see as private, he immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion;
totally misunderstanding the nature of the teenagers' truly innocent relationship.
poignant and heartfelt
story of two innocent
who fall madly,
deeply in love, and the
of a fathers misunderstanding,
The Young And The
Guilty is a fine
Sue's mother Gladys (Phyllis Calvert) calmly tries to reassure her husband,
he insists on talking to Eddie's parents, Maude (Hilda Fenemore) and Joe (Campbell
Singer) and confronting Eddie.
Eddie has won a scholarship to a private school, is doing well and the ambitious
Maude has her sights set on University for him. She is disappointed in Joe,
nags and criticises him constantly and feels he is stupid and beneath her. Maude
sees her dreams being shattered; but it is Joe who tries to bring sense to the
Devastated by what she sees as her father's betrayal when he should have respected
her privacy, Sue nevertheless agrees to stop seeing Eddie; but Eddie
although angry and upset that their parents have made something beautiful into
something unclean cannot let his true love go…
A poignant and heartfelt story of two innocent teenaged schoolchildren who fall
madly, deeply in love, and the resulting backlash of a father's misunderstanding,
The Young And The Guilty is a fine and thought-provoking film.
Billed as "a story that may shock you; And at the same time shame you", The
Young And The Guilty was filmed in 1958 when Elvis's pelvis was in full
swing and Cliff Richard was busy establishing himself and the
Swinging Sixties had yet to unleash the 'S'-word.
Also featuring: Sonia Rees as Brenda and Jean St Clair as neighbour Mrs Humbolt.
Music Composed by Sydney John Kay and Performed by The Associated British Studio
Orchestra under the Direction of Louis Levy; Director of Photography is Norman
Warwick; Original Story and Screenplay by Ted Willis; Produced by Warwick Ward;
and Directed by Peter Cotes.
Young And The Guilty is released in the UK on DVD, courtesy of Network Distributing's
The British Film collection**, on 6 October 2014. Running Time: 65 Minutes Approximately
| B&W | Catalogue Number: 7954221 | RRP: £9.99.
Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer | Instant Play Facility.
**The British Film collection was launched by Network Distributing in April
2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through
a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe's leading distribution and production
companies. Many of the films have never previously been available to own.
"A poignant and heartfelt story of two innocent teenaged schoolchildren who
fall madly, deeply in love, and the resulting backlash of a father's misunderstanding,
The Young And The Guilty is a fine and thought-provoking film" Maggie Woods