Serious Charge

Serious Charge

Terence Young (1959)

PG Certificate


Our Score
One of those unassuming British movies that suddenly veers off into very risky areas. Anthony Quayle plays a former army vicar who arrives in a new town (an early Milton Keynes) to run a youth club. Sarah Churchill throws herself at him but Quayle prefers football. Then a local teddy boy accuses Quayle of sexual assault. The movie is especially good at subverting British movie decorum - people exchanging mild gossip over cups of tea - by focusing on the sterility of life in the New Britain of purpose-built towns. All this plus Cliff Richard making his screen debut, singing three Lionel Bart songs, including golden oldie Livin' Doll.


A small-town troublemaker accuses a priest of making homosexual advances. Drama, starring Anthony Quayle, Cliff Richard, Sarah Churchill, Andrew Ray and Irene Browne.

Cast & Crew

Actor Anthony Quayle
Actor Cliff Richard
Actor Sarah Churchill
Actor Andrew Ray
Actor Irene Browne
Director Terence Young
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Alva Films LtdAvailable on: video and DVD