Brief Encounter

Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.

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Film Cast:

  • Laura Jesson: Celia Johnson
  • Dr. Alec Harvey: Trevor Howard
  • Albert Godby: Stanley Holloway
  • Myrtle Bagot: Joyce Carey
  • Fred Jesson: Cyril Raymond
  • Dolly Messiter: Everley Gregg
  • Mary Norton: Marjorie Mars
  • Tea Room Assistant Beryl Walters: Margaret Barton
  • Policeman at War Memorial (uncredited): Wilfred Babbage
  • Waiter at the Royal (uncredited): Alfie Bass
  • Doctor After Bobbie’s Accident (uncredited): Wallace Bosco
  • Johnnie, the Second Soldier (uncredited): Sydney Bromley
  • Train Station Announcer (uncredited): Noël Coward
  • Alec’s Friend Stephen Lynn (uncredited): Valentine Dyall
  • The Cellist and Organist (uncredited): Irene Handl
  • Beryl’s Man Stanley (uncredited): Dennis Harkin
  • Kardomah Waitress (uncredited): Avis Scott

Film Crew:

  • Assistant Editor: Winston Ryder
  • Sound Editor: Harry Miller
  • Producer: Ronald Neame
  • Assistant Director: George Pollock
  • Director: David Lean
  • Writer: Noël Coward
  • Producer: Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • Director of Photography: Robert Krasker
  • Editor: Jack Harris
  • Art Direction: Lawrence P. Williams
  • Visual Effects: Charles Staffell
  • Associate Editor: Margery Saunders
  • Sound Recordist: Stanley Lambourne
  • Sound Recordist: Desmond Dew

Movie Reviews:

  • CinemaSerf: Based on Noël Coward’s play “Still Life” this is a super adaptation from David Lean as Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard meet in a railway station café and 90 minutes later we have been on a roller-coaster of emotions, all delicately and subtly discussed, as these two eminently middle class English people challenge their long established “civilised” values and conventions of behaviour. It’s style is it’s simplicity – the script is poignant and charming; if a little dated now. Stanley Holloway provides an occasional breath of air during this quite intense drama, and who can ever forget that Rachmaninoff is a huge star of this, too?
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