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The End of the Affair (1954)




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Recently freed from his MGM contract, Van Johnson headed to England to star in a series of pictures, the first of which was The End of the Affair. Adapted by Lenore Coffee from the novel by Graham Greene, the film casts Johnson as Maurice Bendrix, the clandestine lover of married Briton Sarah Miles (Deborah Kerr). When Maurice disappears during the London blitz, Sarah feels responsible; perhaps if she hadn't been cheating on her husband Henry (Peter Cushing), Maurice might never have been placed in harm's way. She gets down on her knees and prays, promising to return to her husband and give up Maurice if her lover's life is spared. The film's title rather gives the game away. The best performance is delivered by John Mills, as an affable private detective hired by Henry Miles to check up on Sarah's whereabouts. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Deborah Kerr
as Sarah Miles
Van Johnson
as Maurice Bendrix
John Mills
as Albert Parkis
Peter Cushing
as Henry Miles
Stephen Murray
as Father Crompton
Nora Swinburne
as Mrs. Bertram
Joyce Carey
as Miss Palmer
Frederick Leister
as Dr. Collingwood
Elsie Wagstaffe
as Bendrix's Landlady
Christopher Warbey
as Lancelot Parkis
Nan Munro
as Mrs. Tomkins
Josephine Wilson
as Miss Smythe
Edwin Ellis
as Rescue Worker
Stanley Rose
as Fireman
Bart Allison
as Museum Attendant
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Worthy in intent, but often dull in execution...A priceless vignette by John Mills as an English private eye is the best thing in the picture.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

This older B&W version of the recent remake puts less stress on the lust and more on the inner conflict the two lovers are having.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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