One of the early British New Wave films and amongst the best films of 1959, starring Laurence Harvey as a ladies man who takes a new job as an accountant in a small Yorkshire
town, where he turns heads of the female staff and attracts the eye of Susan Brown, the daughter of a wealthy family. Though he sees the
relationship with Susan as a social-climbing opportunity, he becomes increasingly infatuated with a married French actress who he has an affair with.
The three principal performances in this film are excellent, especially Simone Signoret who won an Oscar for her role, and the support is solid from the fine ensemble
cast. Hermione Baddeley was also nominated for an Oscar in a performance that is on the screen for less than 5 minutes, which demonstrates
how excellent the acting is here.
A solid example of 1950’s British cinema, paving the way for several “angry young man” movies which were released in the early 1960’s, most of which are equally as good as
As said above, this is one of the best films of 1959, a year when cinema had an embarrassment of riches.