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The Heart of the Matter


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| Film | United Kingdom | B&W | Drama | 1h 45min |
| Stars: Trevor Howard, Elizabeth Allan, Maria Schell | Director: George More O’Ferrall

In 1942 in an African colony, a police officer has an affair while his wife is away, is blackmailed, and plans suicide despite his staunch Catholic belief

The instant… when a man must choose! Which woman? Which code? Which life?


British actor Trevor Howard smokes a cigarette.  Howard is dressed in a herringbone jacket and tie
Harry Scobie
Elizabeth Allan
Louise Scobie
Maria Schell
Helen Rolt
Photograph of English-born Australian actor, Peter Finch (1)
Father Rank
Gérard Oury
George Coulouris
Portuguese Capt
Michael Hordern
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Rather stodgy attempt to film Graham Greene; perhaps everyone tries a little too hard, and in any case the ending is compromised. (Halliwell’s)


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George More O’Ferrall
Ian Dalrymple
Producer / Writer
Lesley Storm


British Lion Film Corporation
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London Film Productions
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British Lion Film Corporation
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